Sunday, April 3, 2016

Haiku inspired by a photograph

A good photograph is not a reproduction of reality. It is not the raw product of a camera that simply records who enters and leaves the frame, for how long and what he does there. Behind the lens there is always a person who chooses what he wants to catch within the framework, who focuses and zooms the image or who prefers an hour of the day or a season, a certain atmosphere and color for the composition. If it is good, photography represents a point of view over what it captures, it is a vision illustrated through the visual elements carefully made valuable.
A haiku that written starting from a photo is not about only about listing slavishly what is shown in the image. The haiku poet sees beyond the image, which caused the photographer to capture and present it to others. If you can engage with that vision, then you can certainly write something that will not reproduce what you see in the picture, but instead you will use your words trying to weave a web of allusions that could meet a great atmosphere and color that vibrates in tune with the vision of the photographer.

(Corneliu Traian Atanasiu)

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