along this road
going with no one
- Matsu Basho
I’ve always felt connected with this kind of poetry.
And I feel photography is definitely connected with it.
“Haiku is the shortest form of poetry known to world literature, but its three little lines of 5-7-5 syllables are capable of expressing deep feeling and sudden flashes of intuition. There is no symbolism in haiku. It catches life as it flows. There is no egotism either; haiku is practically authorless. But in its preoccupation with the simple, seemingly trivial stuff of everyday life -a falling leaf, snow, a fly- haiku shows us how to see into the life of things and a glimpse of enlightenment. Haiku is not Zen, but Zen is Haiku…
…Haiku was elevated to its present form by the great poet Basho. Other poets include Buson, Issa, Ryokan, and Shiki. Like all Japanese arts that are bound up with the spirit of Zen, haiku evoke sabi, solitude, aloneness or detachment, and wabi, the poignant spirit of poverty. Always, a season is mentioned-with plum blossoms for spring, for example, and the bare branches for fall. And like all Zen arts, haiku knows when enough has been said.” – From “The Little Zen Companion.”
For me, photography is just like haikus, both of them express the “just like this” moments.
This is why I don’t really like to shoot in wide-angle. There is too much “happening”, there are too many “things” in the picture.
I prefer the mid range or tele lens. With their help it’s possible to highlight certain moments out of the whole. To grab the mood, the atmosphere.
Just highlighting simple moments.
No action, no epic things. Just simple moments.