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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2

MODERN HAIGA
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Geoff Sanderson ~

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Geoff Sanderson Geoff Sanderson was born in 1930 in North Yorkshire, England. Following school he did a five-year engineering apprenticeship, during which time he took up bicycle touring and racing. It was during long-distance touring in the Northern hill country that he acquired his love of the outdoors. Geoff changed career in 1951 when he joined the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor, was awarded a commission in 1963, and retired as a Flight Lieutenant administration officer in 1985. Apart from various postings in UK, Geoff served in Central Africa, Egypt, Cyprus and Singapore. He sailed and raced dinghies in Zimbabwe, Egypt and Singapore, and took up the sport of fencing. He became a qualified fencing instructor and official, was appointed RAF Team Captain, and was eventually awarded RAF and Combined Services Colours. Geoff and his wife Jill have lived in North Yorkshire for the past 20 years, within easy traveling distance of five National Parks, so spend much of their leisure time in hill-walking, photography, writing poetry, and painting. Having a son now permanently resident in Japan enables them to visit that country, and spend walking holidays in some of the more remote areas.

Geoff was introduced to the photo-haiga genre by Jerry Dreesen and Pris Campbell - both of whom became collaborators and good friends - in 2005. He says: "I owe a great debt to these two, and to the many other enthusiastic haijin who helped and advised; they all enabled me to add the demanding art of haiku to my abiding love of landscape photography. I use a digital camera and computer software to try to recreate the scene as I saw it, using the technology to get the best out of my original images. If I also manage to invoke in the viewer some of the mood, the sense of awe and wonder that I felt at the time of taking the image, then I will be a happy man."

 


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