Early Blanket ~ #001 December 2013 – Phone-ku Haiga

©13 Early Blanket 1 sml 6x



broken blossoms

before first snowfall

another blanket


Altered Phone Camera Photograph and Scanner Photography

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • LGA340 (Very Basic) Digital Phone Camera
  • Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner 
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

This is my response to the Lens and Pens by Sally blog Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens:2013.  For the first Monday of each month the theme is Nature.  

This photo was taken a few days ago on one of my walks. Although it does not snow where I currently live, I remember snow from earlier growing up years.

My haiku is in the form now referred to as “modern haiku”. This form does not follow some of the concepts I was taught as a child—such as a syllable count of 5-7-5 over three lines. It remains however a syllable count of under seventeen. In many ways modern haiku adheres to concepts that are consistent with and perhaps closer to the values of traditional haiku while allowing for our current world as it is.

Haiga ~ is haiku within image as one work. 

As I see it in haiga the image is more than an illustration of the haiku and the haiku is more than a description of the visual that is apparent in the image. There is however 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 are able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a strong work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective or an intensifying of the moment 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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