Synthesizing the little (or larger) illuminations that occur in different areas of the brain is…

Synthesizing the little (or larger) illuminations that occur in different areas of the brain is essential to all intellectual pursuits, including photography. Fortunately, that effect grows more prominently with age and experience. Try making an effective narrative with a single photograph. That’s my daily challenge. I’m also glad to see this posting because I’ve spent decades decrying the use of “compositional rules.” Art cannot be made by template, and “painting by numbers” is definitely an existential threat to art. My experience with haiku is limited to the only pictorial haiku I made during a visit to Japan. The elements of the image include the lotus medallion on the door of the Narita Temple, and the use of pea pods to denote the usual 5–7–5 distribution of syllables, which is mirrored in the English.

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