NHK Haiku Masters Gallery

snow feather

Image & haiku: Sandra Simpson

My ‘photo haiku’ (as NHK Haiku Masters calls them) has been chosen as a runner-up for week 2 this month and Kazuko Nishimura had this to say:

For farmers, the radio weather forecast is a part of daily life that plays a heavy role in deciding how each day unfolds. However, sometimes just looking out the window can be more accurate than any weather report. The word “snow” used in the final line can also refer to the radio static that occurs during a bad storm, when radio reception is hard to come by. This piece has done a great job at presenting a specific slice of life many of us can relate to.

Usually there is no theme, but for this one they wanted something ‘seasonal’ for Christmas-New Year-winter. See the full gallery here.

The image was taken at a close-up photography workshop and is of a peacock feather in a glass container full of heavily salted water, the idea of our tutor Kim Westerskov. I placed my camera lens against the glass and later manipulated the contrast and colours to achieve this effect.

You don’t have to be a photographer to join the fun – NHK Haiku Masters also offers a photo as a prompt for haiku.

On the TV

Had an email from NHK television in Japan to let me know that my ‘photo haiku’ was featuring in episode 10 of the Haiku Masters series. I was able to live stream it during broadcast on January 31, but it’s now available on demand on the website until February 27. Go here to have a look. My piece isn’t one that’s discussed but is shown at 20:41. The photo shows an elm flower and was taken in my backyard.

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Photo & haiku: Sandra Simpson

Submissions for episode 11 are open until February 13 – either send a photo haiga or submit a haiku to a photo on the website.