Since I’ve been working with this Vaiku for over a year, I can’t recall if the poem was spontaneous or was inspired by the initial background photograph, shown on the right.
The three geisha appearing in this old photo struck me as the perfect performers to compliment and project the theme of the poem.
Creating a Vaiku however is not a simple matter of pasting text onto an existing image. The creative challenge is to design an original graphic that utilizes the varied tools available through a sophisticated computer graphics program. The process involves combining several images and image layers, plus effects, often augmented with hand painted or hand written elements.