Shashin no uta – 写真 の 歌 – Photographic Song

I began to create Shashin no Uta back in September of 2014.  The first time I came across the idea, it was called Wordless Haiku by the Blog administrator of Ronovan Writes … later thanks to Jen Rosenberry from Blog it or Lose it! the name changed to Photoku.  After a while she took over the prompts for the “photoku” finally deciding to discontinue for lack of time … but she did suggest to me this lovely name in Japanese: Shashin no Uta  写真 の 歌 – Photographic song.

What I’m posting here are in the order of when I first published to present day.

I like to see how the genre evolved from a chaotic collage, I was trying to work the collage out as though it were a rebus – so practically a picture for a word, then I decided to work towards pictures for each phrase until at last I worked out that the best way, for me of course, was to use one photo for each line … and then the photoku began to become a “photographic song” indeed (it’s interesting to note that I actually did a full circle … as my first “photoku” indeed was composed of just three photos … one for each phrase in a haiku!).

The Stink Bug – September 15, 2014

photo haiku


near autumn vineyards
among wild Passiflora
a stink bug visits

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Autumn Reflections – September 21, 2014

wordless Haiga_resized

autumn’s new harvest
his warm dreamy reflections
turned to winter snow

(c) G.s.k. ’14

[Strangely enough, I’ve got the full draft of this Shashin-no-uta over at my photo-blog … Through the eye of Bastet …]

This is in my editor … dated September 22, but was never posted:

Violen collage


Indian Summer Walk – September 28, 2014


worldess Haiku_2

indian summer walk
at the forbidding castle
bees gather nectar

G.s.k. ’14

Roses Bloom – October 5, 2014

autumn walk
a bee near the ancient house
sweet roses bloom

G.s.k. ’14

Time – October 12, 2014

Wordless haiku_2


caught in fallow times
valley gloams  – darkness deepens
poverty’s harvest

G.s.k. ’14

Childhood Memories – October 19, 2014


Wordless Haiku October 19

mature persimmons
autumn leaves and wild flowers
childhood memories

G.s.k. ’14


The Tournement – October 26, 2014

Oct26_2014 WH_2

autumn tournament
the red feathered knight’s daring
inspired minstrel’s tales

G.s.k. ’14

She Dreams – November 2, 2014

Wordless haiku nov_2_2014

she dreams in autumn
remembering candied fruit
shadows of childhood

 G.s.k. ’14

The “Mille Miglia” – November 8, 2014

Wordless Hiku_nov_8Collage

bridging history
the thousand mile auto race
a hitchhiker’s dream

G.s.k. ’14

Bottles and lights – November 16, 2014

PhotoKu - November 16

reflections at night
cosmic red glare of lightning
abstracts  blue bottles

G.s.k. ’14

Cold Wave  – November 23, 2014

PhotoKu_ Nov 23


last leaves of autumn
cold wave dawns on Lake Garda
signals of snow storms

G.s.k. ’14

Sunshine Exodus – November 30, 2014


cold snowy days
now begins the exodus
snowbirds flying south

G.s.k. ’14

Mountain Cabin –  December 14, 2014


mountain cabin
ice-fog greets the dawn
frosted trees

G.s.k. ‘14


moon in the heavens
climbs over the baita*
frosty morning

© G.s.k. ‘14

Christmas Snow – December 21, 2014

Stain glass collage_2

brightly decorated tree
snow slides down the glass

G.s.k. ’14

Smiling in the Clouds  – January 4, 2014

photoku jan 4_monkey

winter clouds and rain
December moon smiles brightly
sea-bird soars high

G.s.k. ‘15

dreams sailing free – January 18, 2015


PIC_Haiku Jan18 collage_3

embers of sunset
bridging a black and white world
dreams sailing free

 G.s.k. ‘15

PIC_Haiku Jan18 collage


Ripples and Change – January 21, 2015



the crack of dawn
ripples through infinity
changing times

 G.s.k. ‘15

Shadows and Patterns – January 25, 2015




shivering  patterns
shadows loom in darkened masks
a sinking leaf

 near the cobbled path
patterns form making dark omens
leaf shivering sinks

G.s.k. ‘15

Autumn Morning – January 29, 2015

observing the lake_collage


watching and observed
an old lantern in the port
autumn morning

G.s.k. ‘15

Withered Moon – February 1, 2015

Signed_Withered Moon Ku_small

withered moon sets
on the lake morning dawns
fishermen and ducks

© G.s.k. ‘15

A Dead Leaf On Stone – February 11, 2015

lamp and moutain_smallsnow by lamp light
reflect on the olive branch
a dead leaf on stone

G.s.k. ’15

9 thoughts on “Shashin no uta – 写真 の 歌 – Photographic Song

  1. What a great post — I love how you’ve compiled this, and how you demonstrate the evolution from the rebus to the photo song. You’re the master of this form, no doubt about it 😀


      • Don’t know why I never noticed it before — with it being linked to your front page!!! So sorry for the delay — really I am!!

        But yes — next month will bring plenty of opportunities to introduce the photo song to every one at Carpe Diem! A little less crazy, you know? Though I LOVE this haiga month — an excuse to indulge the photo editing urge! 😀


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