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5: the silence of books

By rosie42  
In the library
hushed whispers
and the silence of books


This series of images is inspired by Haiku - the tiny poems of Japan, traditionally written in seventeen syllables.

Haiku usually gain their effect by suggestion, presenting a clear-cut picture which serves as a starting point for trains of thought and emotion. But because these poems are short, they rarely try to give the picture in detail - the rest the reader must fill in.

In recent years, there has been an enthusiastic and expanding interest in Haiku-in-English. This genre springs from the Japanese form but rarely consists of seventeen syllables. What it does seek to retain is the brevity, clarity, immediacy and resonance of Japanese Haiku and, like a photographic image, to record and share a moment of seeing...

01: strangers
02: curl
03: been there
04: dissatisfied
06: one farmer and me
07: the last embrace
08: shallows
09: before the guests
10: retreats to the sea
11: a moment of stillness
12: in between
13: suspended

Thank you for viewing - all feedback (+/-) gratefully received...

Susie :o)

Tags: General Haiku

Voters: woolybill1, motoads, sunshot and 7 more

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sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 3:05PM
this are very good shots susie, i love the composition here with the books, the lead in drews your eyes down the row, the warn carpet and the shadows. you've also done a very intresting wright up, well done, and how true ''the silence of books''

david deveson 16 62 2 Italy
30 Jun 2008 5:54PM
Susie, this series is delightful...
rosie42 16 7 Australia
1 Jul 2008 11:49AM
Thank you Marc and David - pleased you like it!

Susie :o)
thetriguy 16 23 12 United States
1 Jul 2008 11:59AM
This one is quite good. The poem and the image work very well together. A suggestion: Strangers was perfect (IMHO) in B&W. This too, might have been a different, more stark, image if done that way. Especially if you added some grain or burned the shadows a bit. Still, this is well done.
Best, Bill
motoads 13 14 Australia
1 Jul 2008 12:58PM
hey Susie :o)

love the comp here and the repetitive pattern... agree with bill that the b&w might work too, but i think its still effective in color...

fits well with the series, well done! ads :o)
rosie42 16 7 Australia
1 Jul 2008 1:00PM
Cheers Bill and Ads - grateful for your considered feedback... thank you!

Susie :o)

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