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Thursday, 10 May 2007

Worth a Haiku...?

The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Yes, but what if a thousand words are much too much?

Haiku is a Japanese form of poem which uses only three lines, in the form of 5-7-5 syllables. Very tight and restricted, but so... Japanese in its approach, so minimal and clean and to the point, like most of Japanese art. (See an article on haiku in English at if you're seriously interested in the form.)

Here are some photographs from March 2007 in Svaneti, black and white, each of which I consider to be worth "only" a haiku. But this doesn't mean that they're worth less than thousand-word pictures! Just that I compare them to my ordinary, often dense colour photographs as a haiku to a thousand words.

Now I've said enough.

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