Haiku is a collaborative project developed by Gavin Parry and David Penny (Anatomy Projects) and Naomi Kashiwagi. Portraits made with a Victorian audio camera and still life photographs of origami meditatively made during pre-shoot, aim to capture a performative ritual. The act of photographing becomes a meeting point, where rituals, non-verbal communication and mutual trust in the process come into play.
Naomi applies performative make-up that’s influenced by Eastern and Western theatrical traditions.The camera requires a slow and methodical approach, which in turn becomes an exaggerated performance of photography itself. Rituals of preparation on both sides of the lens become significant in the making of each image. The repeated process becomes more intuitive through the taking of a single portrait at each sitting.