I Do Haiku You #12: Everything I Need to Know I Know From Fred Astaire


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 from a show of whirling dervish in Istanbul, Turkey. They have an extraordinary talent to ‘whirl’ in place for up to one hour— a very graceful performance one must indulge in should one find oneself in Turkey. This was shot with a Diana F+ and 400NC with flash.

Everything I Need to Know I Know From Fred Astaire
to make women swoon
all you need is confidence
and a smart two-step

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 2011-11-29 #lifestyle #haiku #sean-lotman #i-do-haiku-you-series

One Comment

  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    - I like the picture, - as well as the poetry, - that is my nature

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