What follows is a concept of a project exploring the idea of a creative collaboration with, or inspiration through the poetry of a Japanese Haiku master Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Each photograph will be accompanied by a poem. While not reciting specific poems during the walk, I was constantly reminded of the particular views, scenes or objects Matsuo Basho would have found inspiring on his journeys.


The stillness—
seeping into the rocks
cicadas’ screech

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)



(c) Stanislav Shmelev, 2017

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