CLAMP’s Visual Haiku



The Anime View

Source: https://clamp-fans.com/ja

By: Peggy Sue Wood

I was recently introduced to the idea of a visual haiku and my first thoughts went to CLAMP.

For those of you who were as knowledgeable on the subject of a visual haiku as myself prior to the introduction, the best definition I can find is one in which you take the moments of everyday life as the subject matter of your photo or imagery to express a meditative or self-reflecting idea.

Since the literary form of the traditional haiku is typically focused “on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression” and the visual form of this often 5/7/5 syllable count minimalist poetry is one that tries to do the same thing without words (Poets.org). This means it can stem from sensory experiences, such as hearing, touching, seeing, etc.

One such photographer in this field, Masao Yamamoto, said…

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