Roderick J. Stewart is a photographer, writer and poet. “I specialize in abstract and semi-abstract fine art photographs. These are available as handmade prints, signed and certified. Also, available via this site are download decor images of seascapes, landscapes, flowers, close-ups, water scenics and some urban shots.
Much of my literary work is included in two books available on this site as PDF downloads for tablets and computers. Tossed Pebbles is also available as a quality print book (144 pages of haiku and photographs in full colour, $22.99) by contacting me.
I love journalling as a way to imagine, problem solve or work out the interior issues of mind and heart. I’ll be putting excerpts up on my Blog from time to time. It is due to the prodding of others that I have, after long struggles with disabilities, resources and energy, finally brought this to you. If you find some illumination here as I did…great!”
“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.”
This is a haiga (Japanese style of painting with haiku) which I created in Grade 10. I gave some classes in creating photo-haiku at Mt. Douglas Secondary and Frank Hobbs schools in Victoria. Haiku range from simple children’s works, to very intuitive and complex works by master poets.