Brief: To create a Haiku that catches the facets of the personality of someone you know – to also include a personal photograph of this person.

A young girl believes
…….in princesses and fairytales
………….… dream worlds dancing bright

.sorry – lost picture but will re-post when I find a copy.

Becky Ballroom dancing with Haiku

Becky Ballroom dancing with Haiku

This Haiku represents an aspect of my Niece’s, personality.

I took this photograph at the Blackpool Ballroom Dancing Grand Finals 2007 where she came 2nd place in the Bronze group despite having 9 years less experience than the other competitors.

Becky is still ‘young at heart’ in regard to wanting to stay a child, loving princesses and fairytales… the childhood fairytales still play a large part in her life yet she is now a grown adult – her dreams still dance bright as do her Ballroom dancing skills. (She’s the only person I know who wears a tiara on a log flume at Thorp Park).

I personally was not brought up with pink, princess type things or to dream like a child so this is an alien concept to me – something that leaves me somewhat perplex at why a grown adult would still want to dream child-like things… but then again, maybe Becky has the better angle on life – it’s dreams that keep people alive and young!

This was an exercise in thinking about what you want to convey and are able to ‘see’ in a photograph – to be more aware of what you are saying before pressing the button on your camera.

Whilst I took many photographs of my niece at the competition, I chose this particular one as I felt that the pose and dress best aids the visual element that I wanted to write the Haiku poem on.

I didn’t want my Niece’s partners face to show in this image as it is my niece that I wanted to be centred on – I think the ballroom dress is rather ‘princessy’ and practically has wings – it flows as she dances.

This is probably one of the reasons why Becky (my niece) took up this hobby in the first place as well as the attention of all the people around her.

She loves attention, make-up, pink and girly’ness, which is the complete opposite of myself.

The facial angle also re-enforces the dream like state of being beyond the harsh realities that exist daily – people do not pull these sort of expressions in more realistic settings.

Wiki description of Haiku: Haiku (俳句, haikai verse?) Haiku.ogg listen (help·info), plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 Japanese on (a phonetic unit identical to the mora), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on respectively[1], and typically containing a kigo, or seasonal reference. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to equate to the Japanese haiku’s three metrical phrases[2]. Previously called hokku, it was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.