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

3 comments:

Alan Summers said...

A good example of repetition in haiku being used effectively.

As always, superb artwork.

Alan

Haiku Jam: weblink

Haiku Jam is a multi-event to raise money for the Japan disasters with haiku by Alan Summers, translations by Hidenori Hiruta, and artwork by Paul Conneally.


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Devika said...

yes, very interesting note and haiga...shadows are fascinating, especially from an artistic perpective...the Zen-like awareness -- always fascinated by that too :)

wishes,
devika

Devika said...

And to Alan -- seen those ads; intersting to see haiku printed on jam bottles...and well wishes remain for the event :)

wishes,
devika