Two Fans ~ #012 October 2013 – Phone-ku Haiga

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Altered Phone Camera Photographs

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
Digital Drawing and Painting

  • LGA340 Basic Digital Phone Camera
  • Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

This is my first attempt at what I am calling Phone-ku Haiga.

Recently my (old) phone stopped being functional. It’s been replaced by a very basic LG phone. The LG phone has a basic camera (my previous phone did not have a camera—that’s how old it was). As a result I’ve started playing with the idea of Phone-ku (haiku I hand write relating to an image I’ve taken with the phone camera) in the form of Haiga.

Sent from my phone it would be as two images; the photograph of something visual I come across and a photograph of my hand written haiku. Given that I can now move these images into my computer I can now make a single version of the Phone-ku as Haiga.

Haiga ~ haiku within image as one work. 
As I see it in haiga the image should be more than an illustration of the haiku and the haiku should be more than a description of the visual that is apparent in the image. There should however be a connection between the two that is enhanced by their relationship together in the work.

In addition, both the image and the haiku of haiga should be able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a strong work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they should each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective possibly.

This is the ideal I work toward in my haiga. Sometimes I succeed in these things. Sometimes I do not. For me, it is way fun to try. Aloha—Rick

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