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I Do Haiku You #11: We Love To Break the Rules

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+.

Goa is a seaside enclave in Southwestern India, once a Portuguese colony, later a hippie haven and nowadays more or less just another collection of beach resorts, in this case famous for trance music. One of the more interesting places is Old Goa near Panjim, the state capital. This quite bloodied Jesus statue was installed in the famous church, The Basilica of Bom Jesus. It was shot with a Diana F+ with flash and Portra 400NC.

We Love to Break the Rules
you forgave us for
vows we could not keep, but, well…
the pleasure was ours

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.