I Do Haiku You #1: One Song Leads to Another


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+.

The following photo is from New Orleans, this summer, at a bar called Checkpoint Charlie, which marks the beginning of Frenchman’s Street. It had started to rain tempestuously, as it will in New Orleans and a friend and I took cover in this bar where the drummer was playing to an audience of misfits and characters. We fit right in. It was taken with a Diana F+ and the film was Kodak 400 Portra with flash.

One Song Leads to Another
“one more dance,” you cry!
jigging to the memories
of our jukebox youth

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 on 2011-10-13 #lifestyle #haiku #sean-lotman #i-do-haiku-you-series

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  1. wn7ant
    wn7ant ·

    Lomo-ku anyone?

  2. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    such a great series! thx for posting!

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