October 2003, Volume 1, Number 4

Kato Junichi & Kimberly Montoya

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Kato Junichi

Born in Tokyo Japan, 1960. An amateur photographer who lives near Yokohama, Japan, Kato-san enjoys taking digital snapshots in the areas of natural Japanese landscape,  casual scenes and scenes he encounters during his travels.. He began collaboration to create experimental photo haiga/picture poems with Kimberly Montoya in early 2003.  His lens captures the hidden or unspoken in a scene.

"We condense the atmosphere and emotion of the situation, then refine and combine the photo and poem,  'Freezing a moment'.  I think there is the similarity between snap photos and haikus or short poems at this point. The harmony and unification of an image and a poem (haiku), I'm sure this is the dynamism in the world of photo-poems.  We enjoy this and discover much through our works."

Kato-san's personal  URL is  http://www.ops.dti.ne.jp/~pooh0916/

Kimberly Montoya

Born in Texas, 1965. A potter and multimedia artist, Kimberly Montoya turned her eye seriously to creating haiku and short poetry in November 1999, and tied for 1st place in The Shell Game Competition #28  at  Aha poetry.com in February 2000, under the penname We'moon. Always a devotee of functional art, applying her poetry to photos or other artworks was a natural progression for Ms Montoya.  Using stock photos she created some experimental photo haiga but there seemed to be something essential missing in it.
" The collaboration with Kato-san is proving to be that missing link. Dynamic discussion within the creative process of his photography and
my writing provides an essential freshness and completeness  to the work."

Ms. Montoya's website is http://www.geocities.com/kimontoya/index.html


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