Martin Timm

Photograph Haiku

Year of publication: 2016

Martin Timm, hardcover, 168 pages, square 22,4 × 22,4cm
fotoforum Verlag Münster 2016, ISBN 978-3-945565-01-8


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An introduction is followed by 38 haiku photographs. Timm shows what he means by "Haiku photography" and what he means by it. In the chapter “The moment as a motif” he deals with haiku: “The classic haiku motif is not an object, not a plant, not a landscape. It is a small incident that many call haiku moments. ”I would like to recommend the chapter“ Practice and practice - poetry with the camera ”.
More on listening and listening to nature can be found in the other chapters of the book.
My personal opinion: A wonderful book with wonderful instructions, with many wonderful photo examples for people who want to get on the haiku.


Photograph Haiku.
A new approach to nature photography
Sharp? Blurred? Martin Timm's nature photography cannot be grasped with these categories. Haiku photographs have a special character, they arise from the search for the perfect motif and are a mixture of meditation and photography. In his new book, photo artist Martin Timm introduces his concept "Haiku photography", which is based on the Japanese Zen tradition. It is the exciting start to new paths in nature photography.
What is haiku?
At its origin, a haiku is a minimalist natural poem from the Zen tradition. The lightness of this poetry inspires Martin Timm to completely rethink his work as a nature photographer. It moves away from the classically beautiful landscape and plant photos. Instead, he puts the motifs into the picture with the camera in the way that the poets of Japanese classicism used: not as a beautiful condition, but as an accidental occurrence. The moment becomes the motive. Everything that is withered, mushy or uprooted also comes before the lens. The result are reduced, partly abstract photographs, which leave the usual aesthetic patterns due to their unexcited blur and open the space for the very personal experience of beauty.

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