|imperfections is a collection of artworks created by three Tasmanian artists: wilderness photographer Martin Hawes, poet Ron Moss and Japanese language lecturer Yoji Hashimoto. The collaboration began in March 2004 when Ron and Martin met and discovered a shared appreciation of East Asian aesthetics and philosophy.
Using Martin’s work as his inspiration, Ron began writing haiku that complement Martin’s photographs without necessarily making obvious references to the scenes that they depict. Similarly, in translating the haiku Yoji aimed to convey their ‘flavour’ rather than their precise literal meaning. The works also incorporate background art created by Ron and Martin, and some haiku that Ron wrote prior to meeting Martin.
Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan in the 16th century. The poems, which traditionally consist of 17 (Japanese) syllables but in English are generally shorter, typically include references to the natural world and evoke ‘the essence of a moment keenly perceived’.
The title ‘imperfections’ acknowledges that the works in this collection do not always conform to the standards of proper’ haiku or wilderness photography. All three artists bend the rules and are willing to sacrifice technical perfection for spontaneity. The title is also a reminder that the world is inevitably ‘flawed’, and that departures from what we may see as perfection can enrich our lives in unexpected ways.
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