Ray became interested in haiku poetry after photographing the Kurimoto Japanese Garden near his home in Edmonton, Canada.
He was so impressed by that visit that he decided to design a web site featuring the garden. To add some verse, he searched the Internet for Asian poetry which brought him to a variety of haiku web sites. In reading them, he found a strong similarity between photography and haiku. As he puts it, "Both attempt to vividly express nature while focusing on small, isolated aspects [or moments] and both produce a meditative focus. In short, for both, the process is perhaps more important than the product."
Ray has served as the Editor of the World Haiku Review's Multimedia section and has crafted several of the special sections of the World Haiku Review. He served as the moderator of the WHC's Multimedia e-forum and he remains an active participant. He also participates in World Haiku Association's Haiga Section.
In his own work, he finds the haiga and haibun forms of expression most personally compelling. His publications are found in Tiny Words, The World Haiku Review, Simply Haiku [prior to being an Editor], haigaonline, and the World Haiku Association's haiga contest section.
Ray's work can be found on his extensive haiku-related web site: http://raysweb.net/haiku/.
His thoughts about the meditative aspects of haiku composition and photography" can be found on this website: "Haiku & Meditation."
Prior to becoming the "New Forms" Haiga Editor of Simply Haiku, some of Ray's "New Forms of Haiga" work was featured in the October 2003 issue of Simply Haiku.
The image to the right is a digital adaptation of a petroglyph carved on the walls of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Ray's home province of Alberta, Canada.To see the original image, visit his Writing-on-Stone web site.
Copyright 2003/2004 Simply Haik