Conversation 57: JUXTAPOSITION: THE DAILY HAIKU Celebratory Workshop from Phil Barnett


Juxtaposition is the placing of two contrasting things side by side. It is a key element in traditional Japanese Haiku.  When used effectively it can produce an ‘ah ha’ moment – a new way of looking at things.

This workshop looks at ways of using images in haiku-like ways. That’s to say exploring juxtaposition using images – nodding to the long tradition of visual haiku.


What to do

Think of a juxtaposition, and do one of the following:

1) take two photographs that portray it
3) look through for photographs you’ve already taken
4) search online for images (if doing this please see the note below regarding copyright)
5) create images yourself – a drawing a painting etc.



Then decide will your haiku be:

1) entirely visual, that’s to say no words, just the images
2) have words placed on images (see below for guide on how to do this)
3) have words as text accompanying the images

If using words, each image could have
Just one word, a line, or a haiku

The images can be posted on The Daily Haiku either:
As separate images
You could combine the images to make one composite image using an image editor.

Alternatively – instead of using two images, just use the one image that shows both of the elements in your juxtaposition



Happy Visual Haikuing!

p.s. There is no right or wrong way on THE DAILY HAIKU group – its mission is to be all embracing and welcoming.

So if you wish to explore traditional forms with their ’rules’ go ahead. Equally if you prefer a more free and easy approach then that’s also fine.


Adding text to images
  • open a photo on in Google Photos.
  • At the bottom of the photo, tap Edit (3 sliders icon).
  • Tap Markup. You can also select the colour of text at this screen.
  • Tap Text tool. Enter your desired text.
  • Select Done when you’ve finished
  • Open the Photos app and tap an image.
  • Tap Edit at the top of the image screen
  • Tap the Menu icon (a circle with three dots inside) at the top of the screen. Select Markup from the pop-up menu.
  • Tap the plus sign ( + ) in the tools at the bottom of the Markup screen to add text.
  • Select Text in the pop-up menu.
  • Select Edit to change the text.
  • Type the text you want to show on the image.
Windows 10
  • Open the image you want to edit in the Photos
  • Select Edit & Create > Edit with Paint 3D.
  • Select Text.
  • Click and drag to draw a text box.
  • Enter your desired text.
  • On the right panel, you can select your font, size, colour, and other formatting features.
  • Select Menu on the top left corner.
  • Select Save/Save as.
Online images

If you use images that are ‘Creative Commons’ you can ensure that the photographer has given permission for the image to be shared – for free – providing the author is credited.

You can filter Google image results to only include these.

  • Click on the left hand settings icon (under ‘All’)
  • then ‘Usage rights’
  • then ‘Creative Commons Licences’
  • You can find the author of an individual image by clicking on it then ‘visit’











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