Dennis Sabo


Haiku and Japanese impressionisms of Mt. Rainier National Park, 2018

When I headed out to Mount Rainier I wanted to capture the delicate fragility of the flower world. I had in my mind, the idea of haiku. Haiku poems date from 9th century Japan to the present day. Haiku is more than a type of poem; it is a way of looking at the physical world and seeing something deeper, like the very nature of existence. I knew that I could accomplish this through in-camera techniques such as panning and motion-blurring my subject with slow shutter speeds.

I wanted to weave in mythology. I love Greek mythology and while I was researching haiku, I stumbled upon-the legend of Kodama.  Kodama are spirits in Japanese folklore that inhabit trees, similar to the dryads of Greek mythology. The term is also used to denote a tree in which a Kodama supposedly resides. This twisty, mythical-looking tree was exactly what I was hoping to find.

While I could easily create the haiku imagery with in-camera techniques, I had to actually find my Kodama or something close to it to work with. While at the park I came across a Ghost Tree that really conjured up my feelings of Kodama but the in-camera capture did not capture that emotional feeling. Through various post-production processes in the digital darkroom (adding various sheens, screens, composites, etc) the vision that I had originally hoped for was born.

— Dennis Sabo

Limited edition photographic metal print; mid-gloss finish

This limited edition metal print is mounted on 2mm black Styrene with a black edge and finished with a black metal inset frame and wire hanger.

Limited edition of 30.

40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81 cm.)