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I Do Haiku You #4: The California Syndrome

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 is my friend’s son, Hunter, shot in Malibu, California. Like most four-year-olds, Hunter can spend all day building sand castles and catching sand dollars. He also likes to be buried in the sand. The photo was taken with a Diana F+ using Portra 400VC.

The California Syndrome
boys can be waylaid
on the journey to manhood
by sand, sea, and sun

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


  1. robotmonkey1996



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  2. domo-guy


    Don't eat the yellow sand.

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  3. julia_adele


    this is a fantastic idea. Something I would love to incorporate into some of my photos. Well done!!

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