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I Do Haiku You #3: Hollow Victory

Sean Lotman is interested in the narrative potential of photography. In an ongoing project called I Do Haiku You, he composes haiku and senryu poetry to companion images taken with a Diana F+.

This was shot on the first day of Ramadan in Urfa, Turkey. All the children in town received toy guns, some of them loaded with pellets. I asked these kids to show me their tough guy pose. The photo was taken with a Diana F+ and the film was Portra 400NC.

Hollow Victory
the last word on god’s
often the last man standing
in the divine war

In Sean’s own words, “These varieties of Japanese verse are concerned with physical and human nature, composed in a taut structure as to suggest a moment, much in the way a photograph does. Haiku poetry, like photography, has an instant, strong, fairly emotional resonance. Put together these two art forms enhance each others power so that, very briefly, a story is told.

Photo and words by Sean Lotman. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Sean now lives in Kyoto, Japan. Read more I Do Haiku You series here.

written by basterda

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Československy.