In a recent blog John Wilson waxed lyrical about the gems in his backyard and posed the question about what goes on in your backyard. For me my backyard is a narrow valley on a peninsula at the tip of Africa sandwiched between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Inevitably that means seascape sunrises and sunsets are easily accessible. My personal taste runs to long exposure somewhat saturated imagery with a little creative white balance sprinkled in for good measure.
The more experienced will be aware that it becomes a bit of a crapshoot when dealing with the weather gods and one is pretty pressed for time in that 10 minute slot when or even if the sky turns to just the right mood. There is a certain Zen like ambience combined with a water colour rendering to images shot under these conditions. Be that as it may I recently shot a series of tidal pool sunrises and sunsets in my proverbial backyard.
For the uninitiated the word koraborēshon is Japanese for collaboration.
Photography is often considered a solitary pursuit. The wonderful world of the interweb however can be the curse of friendships in that it enables you to keep in touch across the world. Having shot these images I decided to select 7 , one of each tidal pool and to the dismay of my good friend , fellow photographer and much accomplished blogger Lani Edwards, who now lives in another hemisphere half a world away, I blind sided her with the challenge to come up with a haiku for each image.
As a brief explanation a haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. There is a common structure that most haiku poems follow. It is the 5-7-5 structure, where: The entire poem consists of just three lines, with 17 syllables in total. The first line is 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables.
By now you probably see a bit of a Japanese theme developing and are thinking well you did the easy bit snapping a few shots and that’s a mean challenge. Well suffice to say we are not above throwing down challenges, honest constructive criticism and the occasional friendly insult at each other across the world wide web. To level the playing field I undertook to turn the collaboration into a slide show. Big deal you are probably thinking sarcastically but then what of the accompanying music ? Yours truly challenged himself, much to the amusement of his delightful collaborator to write a short piece of classical guitar music , based on the Japanese soft scale of music, and to play it himself. Whilst in a past lifetime I have been known to play a little classical guitar and on the very odd occasion have turned my hand to composition, I think you can clearly see it was not a clear cut cop out on my part.
It turned out to be a real fun exercise to break a normally solitary pursuit and engage in a collaborative effort to bring life to still images through word and music. The images and haikus follow below – with gratitude to the ever obliging Lani Edwards.
Quiet stillness rise
Profound breathing creates space
Lurching into space
Sheltered by wings of trust
Embracing both worlds
An impulsive step
Distress and alarm the cause
Wilts when balance found
May lead to calmer water
Endure with restraint
Hurdles will arise
Embrace sensory conflict
Devoid of verdict
Robust mind distinct vision
All images were shot using a Fuji X-T10 with 10 stop ND filter, Nikon mount Sigma 10-24 mm F/4 lens with manual adapter.
The final slide show may be viewed here.
Lani Edwards may be found here.
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