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I Do Haiku You #8: The Philosophy Behind Active Parenting

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+.

The Kamogawa is a north-south river running through the center of Kyoto. In the river itself, one often spots cranes and above, eagles hovering. Lovers sneak away here. Musicians and dancers practice. But mostly people come to hang out as my friends and I were doing this past spring. This was shot with a Diana f+ using Portra 400NC film.

The Philosophy Behind Active Parenting
teach your children this:
that they can do anything—
and then show them how

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. saidseni


    Great picture!

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  2. goldcoastlong


    Sometimes the best parenting is NOT letting them (the kids) see everything! Kids can be perceptive, but they often miss the big picture, or the little details that change the entire theme of the message.
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  3. gvelasco


    Nice pic.

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  4. volker-jp


    love that!

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