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.”