Friday, September 23, 2011

Haiku from photographs III: The best image is the one that's in front of you

I discovered a book of photography in the library called The best camera is the one that's with you: iPhone photography by Chase Jarvis. That pretty much sums it up -- 241 pages of snapshots taken with the artist's iPhone, interspersed with quotes about the creative process.

As with the Daido Moriyama photos I've mentioned in earlier posts, these seemed to have some haiku spirit. In general, snapshots and haiku share an aesthetic of the momentary. Both capture fleeting images and juxtapositions that would be lost without the attention of a 'moment artist' there to make note. On the downside, both can also be banal, trivial, or too clever or cute to strike you in a lasting way. That's the danger and the reward, and one of the main reasons I took up this daily haiku practice -- to boost the odds that maybe a couple of poems will burn with their own light.

Or as Jarvis puts it in this book: "The dirtiest secret in photography: shoot a hell of a lot of pictures to get the ones you want."

For more about Chase Jarvis, check out his website. Today's haiku is inspired by a photo from The best camera...:

last train of the night --
the empty yellow handles
all sway to the left

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