I Do Haiku You #7: The Busker's Blues

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+.

Asilah is a small artists’ town in northwestern Morocco, about an hour’s drive south of Tangiers. Facing the Atlantic, it’s a small, quiet place full of brightly colored houses. I met this musician on the way to the town’s most famous spot, a promontory facing out to sea where couples often come to whittle their time. It was taken with a Diana f+ with Portra 400VC.

The Busker’s Blues
a man wails sadly—
passage from a song on loss
performed for strangers

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 2011-11-10 #lifestyle #haiku #sean-lotman #i-do-haiku-you-series

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