Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

Modern Haiga

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Ron Moss ~


Martin Hawes ~

digital photo haiku



ron mossRon Moss writes about his work:

I have been deeply interested in Eastern art and philosophy from an early age and have pursued this interest through extensive reading and the study of Japanese writing forms, including haiku. I also study and practice martial arts, yoga and Zen meditation, sumi-e (ink painting) and haiga.

I enjoy using this ancient art of haiku to capture a moment in nature and the human interplay of the senses and emotions. The mark of a fine haiku is one that allows the reader to see a picture and through suggestion rather than telling, feel the deep resonance of the moment from within.

In working with Martin Hawes’ very fine images that had been digitally scanned from 35mm film, I wanted to explore the medium and allow the image and haiku to work in collaboration and have neither outweighing the other. Using juxtaposition, association and comparison, the readers are able to explore for themselves rather than merely reading an illustration of images with words. The finished design was done with these things in mind and, by using abstracts and half tones for the backgrounds to bring the words into the images, and vice versa, create a truly unique and complete experience.

We successfully launched the first 36 print exhibition, entitled imperfections, at the Wilderness Gallery in Tasmania: .

I was then inspired to create another series of a more abstract nature, after Martin had allowed me free reign with his images. A rare gift indeed—as a poet I was in heaven.

I spent many hours trying design styles and my painter's eye with modern software to create this latest series and the results you see here entitled deepenings.

Ron Moss

Calligraphy of my name Entai (Fire Moss) by Steve Addiss

Ron Moss
Martin Hawes

Martin Hawes was born in the UK and emigrated to Tasmania when he was 12. In his early teens he discovered a passion for bushwalking that has led him to spend much of his life in the Tasmanian wilderness, often on solo expeditions of 2-3 weeks’ duration.

Martin has worked as a semi-professional wilderness photographer since the late 1970s, supporting himself financially by specialising in the management of remote-area walking tracks. His first book, Above me only sky: A portrait of the Tasmanian Wilderness, was published in 1981, and his photographs have appeared in numerous calendars, diaries, magazines and greeting cards.

Recent works include the multimedia production The Island, which was released in 2000, and imperfections, which is the result of a collaboration with haiku poet Ron Moss.

In recent years Martin has focused increasingly on philosophical writing, and in 1997/98 he worked as a staff member at Brockwood Park, an international school founded by the humanist philosopher J Krishnamurti.

2003 saw the release of Martin’s second book, Twelve Principles: Living with integrity in the twenty-first century. He continues to take photographs, and he is currently working on two new books.

A selection of Martin's photographs taken in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the Caucasus Mountains, Russia are found on his website: Martin Hawes Wilderness Photography

Ron, Martin and the Japanese language lecturer Yoji Hashimoto have a collaboration at this website: imperfections

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