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A TOUCH OF LIGHT: In conversation, the artists explain
the genesis of this collaboration


This collaboration started out with the idea of doing a series of photo-haiga, linking to the previous haiga and avoiding links further back. We are both enamoured by black and white or monotone images so the series went down that route.

Ron: I have always enjoyed Jim’s work and I felt we had a similar appreciation of light, composition and haiku in our haiga. I wanted to work with him to see what might happen. We decided early on, to work to a loose theme and treat the haiku like a renku without too much repetition and back-linking. The images and haiku would link with each other in many ways.

Towards the end of the series, the idea of a slide show came up, a new venture for both of us. The images were first presented as six slides. But then we delayed the presentation of the haiku by a few seconds, slowing up the slideshow a little.

I happened to be listening to the slow movement from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto when I looked at the completed slide show for the first time and found the combination quite emotional, so a sound track was added.

Ron: I was very glad that Jim got the inspiration from the music he heard and  I was very pleased with the emotional highs and lows that Mozart’s music gave the project. We also agreed that having the haiku fade onto the image gave another layer to the effect we wanted.

Ron had done a reading of is haiku for a previous project, so it was a natural progressionto add readings of the haiku.

Ron: It does add another dimension to hear haiku spoken and I liked very much hearing Jim’s voice and the tonal range and dimension in different voices.

There were numerous technical difficulties involved in making the slide show, but this is not the place to go into those (editor's note: click here for Jim's description of the technical details).

The added depth of the connections in a slide presentation of a collaborative series surprised both of us. We found themes unnoticed at first and unexpected links between the music and the haiga.  Slideshows are a most interesting and fruitful direction for exploration.

I owe Ron a very deep bow of gratitude for suggesting this collaboration in the first place and I doubt that  "A Touch of Light" will be our last effort in this direction


I want to personally thank Jim for his perseverance in using the software, without his determination we would not have the full presentation that we now see here.

It has been a rewarding experience all round, and like Jim I look forward to more projects together. I also want to thank Linda for hosting our work and we hope it will be enjoyed by those that experience it.

Ron Moss & Jim Swift
June 21, 2007