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I Do Haiku You #20: Excerpt from 'Memoirs of a Spy

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+.

This is a scene from Giza, Egypt. It’s inevitable that a heritage site as remarkable as the Great Pyramid of Cheops be commercialized for the purposes of tourism (there is a KFC restaurant nearby). Dozens of tourist buses ply the site every day. But if you’re feeling adventurous you can rent some horses and ride away from all that. You are out on the edge of the desert, and with a bit of distance from the hullaballoo you can feel the magic of the place. This was shot with a Diana f+ and Portra 400VC.

*Excerpt from ‘Memoirs of a Spy’ pg. 37 (Which Failed To Live Up to Publishers’ Expectations)
bond gets girls galore—
i’m lucky if i can find
worthwhile pay-per-view

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

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