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+.
I am lucky to live in Kyoto, Japan. Many friends visit and inevitably, we end up walking on the Philosopher’s Path towards Ginkakuji (the Silver Temple). This older lady lives in the area. It was shot with a Diana F+ with Portra 400NC.
You May Not Recall the Steps But You Never Forget the Partner
still she dreams of him:
the way he wore his hat taking
her out to the dance
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.”