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I Do Haiku You #19: Coping With Normal People

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+.

In Japan, a girl is considered a woman on her twentieth birthday. This celebration is marked every January, with thousands of young, beautiful women pouring into the streets in great kimonos and superb hairdoos. It’s a festive occasion, with some boozing and much laughing. In Kyoto, the 20-year-olds gather near the Heian-Jingu shrine. This was shot with a Diana f+

Coping With Normal People
crazy was a way
to pass the time when some folks
praised her etiquette

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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