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I Do Haiku You #5: All Is Well, Situation Normal

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+.

I went to the first anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo following the fallout at Fukushima. On a beautiful, spring day, in the neighborhood of Koenji about 15,000 protesters rallied against TEPCO, the incompetent company responsible for the crisis at Fukushima, as well as against the politicians and bureaucrats who enable this corruptive process. The man in the gas mask is upholding a great tradition of theatrical protest and I did not take his finger gesture personally. The photo was shot with a Diana F+ using Portra 400NC.

All Is Well, Situation Normal
‘til the end of time
newsmen flash their shiny teeth
sneering, ’good morning’

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.

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