Today we have the opportunity to take beautiful digital photos and to add a text directly to the image. These two ingredients allow us to experiment with an early art form known as haiga. Traditionally haiga is a Japanese invention combining a sumi-e (inkbrush image) and a three line haiku or a five line tanka poem, hand-lettered on the same paper. The art lies in the subtle relationship between the two.
The painting, drawing or photo is not simply an illustration of the poem, nor is the poem a caption for the picture. Each element should stand alone yet create a deeper and more complex meaning to the total work. Today’s internet capabilities allow contemporary haiga (photo-poetry) to expand into exciting new realms.
Drawings, paintings or photos may be presented with little or no adjustment, or they may be manipulated until the original is nearly unrecognizable. Photographs can be used as a starting point and the poem may be hand lettered, scanned or pasted to the image, or applied directly using a software’s font capability. Through haiga, the old and new are blended into a unique multimedia artistic experience.
Enjoy creating your own haiga.
(The examples are from my Nature as Art and Inspiration portfolio. Click here to visit my blog, Nature as Art and Inspiration.)