Haiku fun.

I’m into mindfulness – not the spiritual meditational stuff, although I’m sure that can be useful. I use the simple premise that the act of looking for photographic opportunities, increases awareness. I write a Haiku to go with that picture and I know I have spent half an hour studying and realising what that picture tells me.

Here is an example. I have linked the centre of the German film industry to the great visionary film maker, Fritz Lang. Tragically, Lang’s vision was only realised after the old Potsdamer Platz was flattened 1939-45. It then waited another 40 years, through DDR inactivity, to finally be built as a fitting pastiche of Lang’s film, Metropolis.

Fritz Lang’s Movie Dream – Metropolis

This is mindfulness applied to Potsdamer Platz and its history, pre and post WW2.

Or one can photo edit to produce a different take on the vertical lines.

Potsdamer Platz vertical lines abstracted. PhotoPlus

I”m a great fan of expressionist literature and try to write in that style. Expressioism takes elements and exaggerates them to achieve effect.

Expressionist chaos – PhotoPlus

But sometimes, less is more. Here is the Bahntower reduced to pencil lines.

Perhaps you would like me to make you one. You can supply the picture and I will write the Haiku, using your theme. You can have it as a high resolution PDF and print it to make an unusual birthday card. Price on application but typically £25 for the Haiku from your picture or £50 if I do a picture search for you. All work is on approval.

Published by Clive La Pensée

Clive La Pensée, ex-science teacher, recognised writer on history of beer, novelist, expressionist, dreamer, believer in never giving up, empathiser, hopeful for a future without class, gender or racial prejudice. It's tough and at the moment, one has to remember distance travelled, rather than where we are at.

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