Junichi & Kimberly
Born in Tokyo Japan, 1960. An amateur photographer
who lives near Yokohama, Japan, Kato-san enjoys
taking digital snapshots in the areas of natural
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/
Born in Texas, 1965. A potter and multimedia
artist, Kimberly Montoya turned her eye seriously
to creating haiku and short poetry in November
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