Roderick Ayres, Headshot

Roderick J. Stewart  is a writer, photographer and poet specializing in succinct word & image relationships. His study of the haiku master poets (particularly Matsuo Basho and the expression of his deep understanding of nature and human nature), has come from an affinity with the form since Roderick was young. Also, from about the age 15, Roderick picked up a Baby Brownie camera and tried all kinds of experiments with it. That stuck too. He wrote many journals in which exploring creative possibilities of marrying the photograph with the haiku became a passion. But numerous disabling conditions stalled getting his works out to a wide public. His art was such an inner journey that it hasn’t been until recently that he, through the prodding of others, decided to truly share his work, much of which is based on his life. 

“I have been given significant challenges,  but I have also been touched by a divine presence that kept beckoning me into the light. My grandfather on my mother’s side was an Archdeacon of the Anglican Church in Canada. My father, a carpenter, found the vibrancy of the spiritual through his adventures in the natural world. His heritage moved back through the Celtic world of nature worship and charms. He was fascinated with the Dreamtime of the Australian aboriginal people. And one of my doctors early on introduced me to Zen as a form of therapy. Research into this led to a discovery of the Zen influence on much haiku, and this reinvigorated my love of this demanding form of poetry.”

“Through creative acts of all kinds can spirituality be best evolved and expressed. This is important to remember. And this is the foundation of my work and this website. No, not everyone is an artist or should try to be. Creative acts come in as many forms and strengths as fireworks into the night skies.  Of course, I’m not saying this is the way for you, but what I’ve come to understand and deeply see can be a way for you to come to some personal illumination of what this light we are talking about feels like, and what it took to get there.”

My First Expression in Word & Image, Grade 10

about the print-making process

Photographic prints are normally 13″x19″ and produced on a large format Canon pigment ink printer. Pigment inks display both brighter and more subtle characteristics, and they do not exhibit early colour shift typical of dye inks. Thus they have longer colour fastness. The chart below courtesy of Wilhelm-Research shows test results for typical paper and pigment inks.

Prints are made on acid-free archival papers, and, for those that are mounted and/or framed, all materials are archival. U/V glass is also used to ensure print longevity. These high standards incur higher costs but provide a better investment for the purchaser.

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