I Do Haiku You #17: Our Manifest Destiny Partially Explained

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 have traveled to India five times. It’s always a bit difficult the first few days. Yes, you are excited but you are also overwhelmed. This was my first morning waking up in Delhi a few years ago, the busy bazaar, Paharganj not quite yet the busy place it’s daily known for.

Our Manifest Destiny Partially Explained
a journey begins
with some mysterious whim
evolving to need

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 2012-01-20 #lifestyle #haiku #sean-lotman #i-do-haiku-you-series

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