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13: suspended

By rosie42  
A boat floats
on its mirror image


An old image revisited...

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
05: the silence of books
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

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

Susie :o)

Tags: General Haiku

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
16 Jul 2008 11:04AM
Beautiful image. Also the photo information and Haiku is very interesting and informative. Smile


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DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
16 Jul 2008 11:05AM
A good feel to this and I liked your description. For me though the boat is much too big in the frame. IMO more space needed above and to the left so that the boat and reflection are part of the image but not overly dominant.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
16 Jul 2008 11:08AM
Thanks so much for your valued impressions David and Dave... much appreciated!

Susie :o)
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:21AM
Lovely image and thoughts.

jason3000 11 32 England
16 Jul 2008 11:21AM
I like this, agree with DaveU on size and position of boat.
markey075 9 93 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:25AM
whiteswan01 10 13 England
16 Jul 2008 11:30AM
stunning reflection spot on love the colours
Misty56 10 22 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:34AM
this is nice, i loved reading all the imformation, title so right for the photo
Tomaz 9 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:34AM
Really like this, especially how you have captured the refelction so well.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
16 Jul 2008 11:56AM
Simple yet stunning
dwilkin Plus
11 24.3k United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 12:11PM
marvelous tranqil image!
16 Jul 2008 12:26PM
Wooly 12 112 4 England
16 Jul 2008 12:48PM
Very serene image Susie, and a very deep and interesting description.

16 Jul 2008 12:48PM
nice work
bazhutton 11 25 England
16 Jul 2008 1:26PM
Lovely shot.

FredF 11 1 France
16 Jul 2008 1:40PM
Great reflection, well taken.

Moj_o 10 10 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 3:11PM
Lovely Smile

ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
16 Jul 2008 3:17PM
This is a very lovely image but I agree with Dave's comments that you have treated the boat and reflection equally when perhaps priority given to the boat giving it more space certainly above might have produced something really amazing rather than simply excellent!

Best wishes

SamGillespie 12 94 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:21PM
Great simplistic image.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 6:16PM
I also agree with Dave's comment - this is definitely worth a minor reworking. Love the simplicity and tones.
markharrop 14 191 England
16 Jul 2008 7:56PM
Simple and beautiful!
Works really well for me.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Jul 2008 10:30PM
Perfect, Susie. Ron.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:04PM
I'd love to play with this and try different positioning and even toning, it's such a marvellous image.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
17 Jul 2008 12:25AM
It's good of you to each take the time to view and comment - thank you!

Susie :o)
motoads 10 14 Australia
17 Jul 2008 7:37AM
Hey Susie :o)

This is great, a strong comp and sense of presence here. as usual the poem really complements the image

I dont agree with the composition crit, but hey it takes all types i guess...

great series! ads :o)
17 Jul 2008 10:49AM
The old pond;
A frog jumps in
The sound of the water

RH Blyth's translation of Basho's famous Haiku. I am sure you must know it. (This was the first Haiku I came across).

And one of my all time favourites:

A blind child
guided by his mother,
admires the cherry blossoms

Can you not feel the texture, smell the scent?

I love what you've done here. Combining Haiku with imagery is a great idea, combining two immensely enjoyable creative outlets.

I have added you to my favourites as I hope you will be continuing along your Haiku journey of observation.

Regards, Ken
rosie42 13 7 Australia
17 Jul 2008 3:33PM
Cheers Ads, pleased this appeals! Thank you for visiting...

And thank you too Ken for your encouragement and haiku - delighted you're enjoying the series, it's been fun to make!

Susie :o)
sam10538 10 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 3:47PM
Great pic and great portfolio
rosie42 13 7 Australia
19 Jul 2008 2:26PM
Cheers Sam - thank you for your interest...

Susie :o)
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Jul 2008 5:21PM
Beautiful in its simplicity, Susie.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
20 Jul 2008 11:53PM
Appreciate your visit Jim - thank you...

Susie :o)
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
20 Sep 2008 3:09PM
beautiful image, just perfect in my eyes.
it does almost seem to be suspended, made me hold my breath...
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Mar 2010 6:30PM
Stunning clear-cut image! It does really function as a haiku!

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