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I Do Haiku You #15: The Expensive Folly of Plastic Surgery Superficiality

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 was visiting a neighborhood in Taipei called Treasure Island when I spotted this graffiti-covered handball court and its lone occupant. A photographer should never overlook a background as visual as this one, especially when a character is available to add the shot some personal color. It was shot with a Diana f+.

The Expensive Folly of Plastic Surgery Superficiality
youth’s like a muscle,
exercised or left to rot—
flexed there in your face

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 comment

  1. gvelasco


    to me graffiti -- seems like other people's art -- not for my pictures

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