June 4, 2011
Haiga 596 Christopher Herold haiku - shadow
Haiku by Christopher Herold. Artwork by myself.
This haiga has gone through several changes; in initial stages it showed a bird shadow, and in final, I omitted the bird shadow all together. My intention is to let the viewers decide where the bird shadow is, I leave it to your imagination.
Shadows are interesting. They appear only when there is a light, they only exist when there are actual things. They are not substantial, almost like dreams. In this haiga, I emhasized its unsubstantial aspect by placing a broken piece of a fence post, a substantial thing, a bit of reality.
Christopher is a lay Zen monk. His haiku often contains Zen-like awareness.
Here is my haiku in similar theme:
Leaping from my shadow
only to meet it again