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I Do Haiku You #18: The Strange, Unpredictable Route to Inner Peace

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+.

India has no shortage of gurus. This man I’d met by the riverside in Calcutta at six in the morning was teaching me how to breathe in a certain way that would restore my eyesight to its natural perfection. He had an extraordinary presence and I whittled the morning listening him to speak. This was shot with a Diana f+.

The Strange, Unpredictable Route to Inner Peace
once a great guru,
now he was just a man and
this was fine with him

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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