Saturday, 31 December 2016

現代 Haiku December 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

49 - 0 (43 KO)

December 2016

Thursday December 01, 2016
Lights camera
Action reaction.
Press button

Friday December 02, 2016
Top props
Up ward.
New sell

Saturday December 03, 2016
Aching bones
Buried below.
Quiet times

Sunday December 04, 2016
Halo man
Boy play.
Go back

Monday December 05, 2016
Passing dreams
Passively deem.
Intuiting onward

Tuesday December 06, 2016
First step
Away stay.
Water flow

Wednesday December 07, 2016
Revisiting days
Gone sadness.
Talking out

Thursday December 08, 2016
The vault
Art stash.
Gold mind

Friday December 09, 2016
Uncertain way
Ahead heart.
Slight panic

Saturday December 10, 2016
Decision made
Man handling.
Thanking him

Sunday December 11, 2016
Honest call
Crystal clear.
Not greedy

Monday December 12, 2016
Sitting close
Call director.
Purple sleeve

Tuesday December 13, 2016
Bloody cancer
Man poetry.
Don't read

Wednesday December 14, 2016
Old number
One player.
Blow back

Thursday December 15, 2016
Federal hiring
Firing line.
Fine tuning

Friday December 16, 2016
The people
Steeple point.
Opening inside

Saturday December 17, 2016
Geist flying
Beyond veil.
Reclusive cast

Sunday December 18, 2016
Great friends
Bound together.
Left behind

Monday December 19, 2016
New replacement
Requirement knew.
Monetizing moment

Tuesday December 20, 2016
General Patton
Pending labels.
Respect authoritah

Wednesday December 21, 2016
Killing spree
Freed enemy.
New nation

Thursday December 22, 2016
Whine bible
Book last.
Vodka man

Friday December 23, 2016
Informal formal
Ware caring.
Closed door

Saturday December 24, 2016
Annual feast
Least work.
First second

Sunday December 25, 2016
Maternal bounty
Hunter haunting.
Missing person

Monday December 26, 2016
Still surviving
Style psyche.
Old devotion

Tuesday December 27, 2016
Doing today
Break nothing.
Two again

Wednesday December 28, 2016
Hinton haus
Mafia boss.
Levi strauss

Thursday December 29, 2016
Old tired
Drive north.
Death wish

Friday December 30, 2016
Inner space
Flight fight.
Knight templar

Saturday December 31, 2016
Magnify him
Self negation.
Above all

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

現代 Haiku November 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

OSS 488

November 2016

Tuesday November 01, 2016
In early
Up late.
Not great

Wednesday November 02, 2016
Deadly dread
Asking again. 
Paternal love

Thursday November 03, 2016
Barack Romney
Hillary Trump.
Four years

Friday November 04, 2016
Money man
Age less.
Score more

Saturday November 05, 2016
His her
Mit out. 
A way

Sunday November 06, 2016
Skinny mini
Miller man.
Crazy clock

Monday November 07, 2016
Other side
Door man.
Portal day

Tuesday November 08, 2016
Deicide decides
Daily destination.
Destruction done

Wednesday November 09, 2016
New world
Man knew.
Hitch slap 

Thursday November 10, 2016
Pro miss
His break.
Too old

Friday November 11, 2016
Crazy ladies
Man cock.
Peace pipe

Saturday November 12, 2016
Analytical psycho
Political alliance.
Agent 488

Sunday November 13, 2016
Famous flows
Diner dinner.
Same dish

Monday November 14, 2016
Face fact
Check in.
Inner life

Tuesday November 15, 2016
I'm in
It isn't.
His is

Wednesday November 16, 2016
Alone star
State loan.
Good knight

Thursday November 17, 2016
Tech docs
Done time.
Being there

Friday November 18, 2016
Calling card
Carrying clout.
About trust

Saturday November 19, 2016
Different time
Zoned birth.
Day night

Sunday November 20, 2016
Loco motive
Matter spirit.
Portal opens

Monday November 21, 2016
Silk singing
Satin song.
Longing eye

Tuesday November 22, 2016
Dead lines
Spoken word.
Follow steps

Wednesday November 23, 2016
Retiring life
Style man.
Closing in

Thursday November 24, 2016
On board
Room off.
Old new

Friday November 25, 2016
Night drive
Bye lines.
Get enough

Saturday November 26, 2016
In zone
drone on.
Only one

Sunday November 27, 2016
Work weak
Ending week.
Almost done

Monday November 28, 2016
Dead single
Parent alone.
Dates matter

Tuesday November 29, 2016
Fast day
One weak.
Little victory

Wednesday November 30, 2016
Needed left
Standing up.
Still working

Monday, 31 October 2016

現代 Haiku October 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Meshuggah In Memoriam

October 2016

Saturday October 01, 2016
Lost interest
Rate hike.
Care less

Sunday October 02, 2016
Garage refuge
City remains.
Closed door

Monday October 03, 2016
First full
Week ahead.
Behind walls

Tuesday October 04, 2016
Digital drum
Ring tone.
Skin asleep

Wednesday October 05, 2016
Going back
Ward four.
Letter M

Thursday October 06, 2016
A special
Man size.
CFO knows

Friday October 07, 2016
Snooze lose
Cruise bruise.
Cruz blues

Saturday October 08, 2016
System shock
Jock block.
Bio logical

Sunday October 09, 2016
Keep pumping
Iron poisoning.
Starting over

Monday October 10, 2016
Living lie
Down out.
Bad choice

Tuesday October 11, 2016
Stream on
Line lined.
Eco system

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Tex mex
Mess ass.
No more

Thursday October 13, 2016
Sick politique
Power shtick.
Lost interest

Friday October 14, 2016
Cowardly wrote
Ultimatum note.
Seven days

Saturday October 15, 2016
Know son
Shine mine.
Under light

Sunday October 16, 2016
Late night
Fright spite.
Drive alive

Monday October 17, 2016
Early morning
Message therapy.
Fond memories

Tuesday October 18, 2016
Six teen
Days ago.
Void head

Wednesday October 19, 2016
Two days
Make four.
Open door

Thursday October 20, 2016
Alien guest
Haus wash.
Fisher man

Friday October 21, 2016
Don't contact
Her today.
Five o'clock

Saturday October 22, 2016
New young
Man again.
My wisdom

Sunday October 23, 2016
First Sunday
After silence.
Mother shower

Monday October 24, 2016
Dreams again
Gain control.
Habit forming

Tuesday October 25, 2016
Man knew
Infinite tea.
Old memory

Wednesday October 26, 2016
Low battery
Power down.
Early birds

Thursday October 27, 2016
Wise old
Man Hill.
Old knew

Friday October 28, 2016
Land light
Dim eyes.
Really hurts

Saturday October 29, 2016
Getting work
Done stares.
Keep looking

Sunday October 30, 2016
Ears ringing
Still hearing.
Phoenix rise

Monday October 31, 2016
Head bang
Bang dead.
Era ended

Friday, 30 September 2016

現代 Haiku September 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton


September 2016

Thursday September 01, 2016
Persistent feline
Patience failing.
Body dharma

Friday September 02, 2016
Ear knows
Throat here.
Water picking

Saturday September 03, 2016
Sitting zazen
Seeing dogen.
White ox

Sunday September 04, 2016
Head slowly
Rising above.
Scan surface

Monday September 05, 2016
Drachma losing
Interest rate.
Charm ring

Tuesday September 06, 2016
Dual monitor
Price point.
Not enough

Wednesday September 07, 2016
No god
Know self.
In sight

Thursday September 08, 2016
Not much
Going on.
In late

Friday September 09, 2016
Micro man
Age before.
Beauty full

Saturday September 10, 2016
Hell raiser
Pin head.
Kali hand

Sunday September 11, 2016
Universal Sunday
Requiem musical.
Mind control

Monday September 12, 2016
Know aging
Korean again.
Smart stupidity

Tuesday September 13, 2016
A mUSe
Me gain.
Our name

Wednesday September 14, 2016
Belly beneath
Breach break.
Bust brother

Thursday September 15, 2016
Fenway park
Flying away.
Old rivalry

Friday September 16, 2016
Borrowed time
Limited condition.
Shell gaming

Saturday September 17, 2016
Broke broken
Alone again.
Beet oven

Sunday September 18, 2016
Body count
Down low.
Stay away

Monday September 19, 2016
Six teen
Scene town.
Shot down

Tuesday September 20, 2016
Rock roll
Over again.
No ambition

Wednesday September 21, 2016
Debt sentence
Writing resolve.
Blonde remission

Thursday September 22, 2016
Players play
Fully loving.
Fond rejection

Friday September 23, 2016
Hear not
Here now.
Up above

Saturday September 24, 2016
True north
Strong free.
Thru south

Sunday September 25, 2016
Failing health
Check status.
Running script

Monday September 26, 2016
Drawing lines
Between them.
Writing alone

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Closed quarter
Backed currency.
Trading spaces

Wednesday September 28, 2016
In early
Bird land.
Corner men

Thursday September 29, 2016
Doubting third
Degree agree.
Same response

Friday September 30, 2016
More machine
Flesh less.
Instant coffee

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

現代 Haiku August 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Stone Walled

August 2016

Monday August 01, 2016
Turning off
Spring away.
Stay burning

Tuesday August 02, 2016
Secret doctrine
Diffused adepts.
Occult fraternity

Wednesday August 03, 2016
Ancient thinking
Manly ancients.
Loving them

Thursday August 04, 2016
Esoteric stanzas
Staggering tongue.
Glory’s edge

Friday August 05, 2016
Survived fragments
Found source.
Fountain head

Saturday August 06, 2016
Triangle star
Shining light.
Bright signing

Sunday August 07, 2016
Elementary spirits
Struggling home.
Love supreme

Monday August 08, 2016
Journal council
Foreign relations.
Friends closest

Tuesday August 09, 2016
Three pillars
Stand straight.
Zen again

Wednesday August 10, 2016
Ancient center
Scandal man.
Dead now

Thursday August 11, 2016
Ashes dropped
Buddha burnt.
Bone alone

Friday August 12, 2016
Just breath
It through.
No exit

Saturday August 13, 2016
Greek drachma
Drama invested.
Margin calling

Sunday August 14, 2016
Distracted python
Slithers alone.
Drinking java

Monday August 15, 2016
Miss buddha
Baby land.
Island grin

Tuesday August 16, 2016
Release notes
Legal tender.
Return sender

Wednesday August 17, 2016
British blonde
Across pond.
Pound year

Thursday August 18, 2016
Don’t know
Mind game.
Same time

Friday August 19, 2016
Make good
Monk mate.
Secret aroma

Saturday August 20, 2016
Musical grace
Too special.
Exonerate me

Sunday August 21, 2016
Missed missing
Persons playing.
Staying power

Monday August 22, 2016
In early
Bird land.
See change

Tuesday August 23, 2016
Tea cup
Skull kill.
Once again

Wednesday August 24, 2016
Magic mantra
Mandala man.
The dignities

Thursday August 25, 2016
Blind walking
Icy ledge.
Poet person

Friday August 26, 2016
Token drop
Open eyes.
On point

Saturday August 27, 2016
Don’t breathe
Deeply know.
Now matters

Sunday August 28, 2016
Singing bowl
Bow silently.
Tibetan token

Monday August 29, 2016
Rough resume
Sitting straight.
Rack monster

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Eastern respect
Early routine.
Know paranoia

Wednesday August 31, 2016
Age limit
Entry point.
Stone walled

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Exonerate Me

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Gord Downie

A few years ago I saw The Tragically Hip at The GM Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. My seat was located on the second level, stage left. When the Hip ripped into "Fully Completely", I started dancing. After Downie sang "Bring me back in shackles/And hang me long out in the sun/Exonerate me/Then forget about me" near the end of the song, a single white spot light shone upon me. As I continued to dance Gord noticed. He looked at me, smiled, politely nodded, danced with me in unison, and then returned to what he does best. He exonerated me. This is enough.

Thank you Gord.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Darling ...

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Taking a shiny lover
Who makes her feel like magic.
There is always more than one
To this game some have won
Too many times now to bother
Caring about dull leftovers.

As she swivels her ball,
She walls her own herstory.
His story narrates her insulating silence.
Her story negates his resulting compliance
As she made randomness safe for ... just you:

"Wither goest thou, America,
In thy shiny car in the night?"
On The Road again.

Do What Thou Wilt.

She gave him her warning from the start:
This syndrome afflicts her precious heart.
It should be you, only you ... a just you.
Just adjust your magnificent point of view.
Heaven hath no jury like a man mourned.

Darling, I'm here for you ...

Every single minute by minute
He kept holding on to words
Spoken, promises made to last
A lifetime full of well sworn plans
(Marco - "Polo" - Island).
He is a singular man of his word.

Darling, I know you are there ...

He honestly tried.
She lied down painfully
Aware of his suffering.
He watched and waited,
And obsessively debated
Compulsively keeping "US" from dying
The death of a tragic disappointment.

Darling, I know you suffer ...

She is a strong woman,
But not strong enough yet
To get to be with a man like me,
Who is selfish enough
To have fought at my desk
For the only one he wanted,
For the only life he has.

Darling, I suffer. please help me ...

現代 Haiku July 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton


July 2016

Friday July 01, 2016
Spent rent
Letter sent.
Meant bent

Saturday July 02, 2016
Spent larger
Living space.
Grace rent

Sunday July 03, 2016
Family pride
Day break.
Great homily

Monday July 04, 2016
Fast break
Silence spoken.
Broken past

Tuesday July 05, 2016
Indie pen
Dance seen.
Lean hindi

Wednesday July 06, 2016
Drink gin
Tonic man.
Fan sinks

Thursday July 07, 2016
East star
Plain sight.
Slight beast

Friday July 08, 2016
Family jigsaw
Puzzle piece.
Peace finally

Saturday July 09, 2016
Reptile brain
Food feed.
Bleed defile

Sunday July 10, 2016
Kneel down
Silently sorry.
ROry deals

Monday July 11, 2016
Lost keys
Open door.
Roar cost

Tuesday July 12, 2016
Flow two
Go down.
Own low

Wednesday July 13, 2016
Remote work
Home grown.
Town haute

Thursday July 14, 2016
Big time
Line short.
Snort pig

Friday July 15, 2016
First draft
Done again.
Gain hirst

Saturday July 16, 2016
Peanut butter
Thighs brittle.
Little hut

Sunday July 17, 2016
Closed in
Side show.
How close

Monday July 18, 2016
Manual life
Style sheet.
He’s annual

Tuesday July 19, 2016
Looking back
Over weak.
Bleak prospects

Wednesday July 20, 2016
Head table
Shop talk.
Walk away

Thursday July 21, 2016
Many any
Ways means.
Mean street

Friday July 22, 2016
Lazy daze
Confused cat.
Bat crazy

Saturday July 23, 2016
Do what
Thou wilt.
Only law

Sunday July 24, 2016
Two small
Price pay.
New space

Monday July 25, 2016
Light bright
Making things.
Brings sight

Tuesday July 26, 2016
As above
So below.
Slow ascent

Wednesday July 27, 2016
Quiet libra
Lion roar.
Score card

Thursday July 28, 2016
Familiar face
Open mouth.
Know doubt

Friday July 29, 2016
Never enough
Pay meant.
Spent clever

Saturday July 30, 2016
Drive them
Alive then.
Back again

Sunday July 31, 2016
What ever
After ward.
Feign sleep

Friday, 1 July 2016

現代 Haiku June 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Nazi To NASA

June 2016

Wednesday June 01, 2016
Reach frum
Beyond above.
Dove breach

Thursday June 02, 2016
Distant logging
Camp ground.
Found resistant

Friday June 03, 2016
Stays clear
Out beside.
Side ways

Saturday June 04, 2016
Old color
Full book.
Look bold

Sunday June 05, 2016
Beard grow
Older man.
Damn weird

Monday June 06, 2016
Next call
Her step.
Crept text

Tuesday June 07, 2016
Back alley
Way ward.
Hoard attack

Wednesday June 08, 2016
Walk past
Head down.
Drown stock

Thursday June 09, 2016
All day
Off in.
Thin walls

Friday June 10, 2016
Leave live
With them.
Then cleave

Saturday June 11, 2016
Nazi landing.
Branding firm

Sunday June 12, 2016
Drive safe
Sound man.
Ran alive

Monday June 13, 2016
Mason moon
Flower ring.
String JSON

Tuesday June 14, 2016
Apollo silver
Dollar grow.
So hollow

Wednesday June 15, 2016
Another mister
Hockey night.
Slight other

Thursday June 16, 2016
Sine qua
Non sin.
Grin away

Friday June 17, 2016
Full circle
Square frame.
Same pull

Saturday June 18, 2016
Scene see
Be seen.
Lean mean

Sunday June 19, 2016
One two
Three many.
Any won

Monday June 20, 2016
Red book
End bull.
Pull dead

Tuesday June 21, 2016
Ears two
Hear ground.
Sound here

Wednesday June 22, 2016
Totally sold
Out tired.
Mired royalty

Thursday June 23, 2016
Jump up
Down around.
Sound hump

Friday June 24, 2016
Big short
Brit pound.
Ground dig

Saturday June 25, 2016
Passed bye
Buy time.
Fine past

Sunday June 26, 2016
Moon flat
Earth shine.
Find boom

Monday June 27, 2016
Last double
Troubled time.
Dime fast

Tuesday June 28, 2016
In crease
Goal debt.
Get thin

Wednesday June 29, 2016
Be type
A positive.
Negative he

Thursday June 30, 2016
Tired sad
Man dream.
Seams fired

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

現代 Haiku May 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

The Thrill Of The Hunt

May 2016

Sunday May 01, 2016
Deep purple
Rain delay.
Lazy day

Monday May 02, 2016
Empire build
Broken down.
Begin again

Tuesday May 03, 2016
Mental health
Day trading.
Mourning him

Wednesday May 04, 2016
Named space
Secured title.
Senior writer

Thursday May 05, 2016
Smell sweet
Aroma again.
Less stress

Friday May 06, 2016
Critical control
Future finance.
Definite direction

Saturday May 07, 2016
Pro game
Play fame.
Penta kill

Sunday May 08, 2016
Re main
Con tent.
Stay in

Monday May 09, 2016
Saint clear
Stay shawn.
Mating ritual

Tuesday May 10, 2016
New start
Star ending.
Knew art

Wednesday May 11, 2016
Deep lessons
Learning down.
Precious pieces

Thursday May 12, 2016
The oracle
Data base.
So what

Friday May 13, 2016
Close her
End game.
Same gain

Saturday May 14, 2016
Thick frame
Dress lace.
Base bubble

Sunday May 15, 2016
Make sure
Sight right.
Bright life

Monday May 16, 2016
Leave that
Welt behind.
Remind him

Tuesday May 17, 2016
About us
Write now.
How out

Wednesday May 18, 2016
Dress casual
Tea ceremony.
Matrimony mess

Thursday May 19, 2016
On bored
Her wall.
Fall swan

Friday May 20, 2016
Far feelings
Fade away.
Stray scar

Saturday May 21, 2016
Lock up
Tight drug.
Thug stock

Sunday May 22, 2016
No con
Tact less.
Press on

Monday May 23, 2016
End sad
Her now.
How friend

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Tragically hip
Brain roared.
Gord Downie

Wednesday May 25, 2016
Keep enemies
Closer friend.
End deep

Thursday May 26, 2016
Wanting more
Room service.
Nervous haunting

Friday May 27, 2016
Sorry short
Legs run.
Fun story

Saturday May 28, 2016
Still morning
Over this.
Bliss kill

Sunday May 29, 2016
Fair foul
Ball four.
Our air

Monday May 30, 2016
The thrill
Of The.
Hunt three

Tuesday May 31, 2016
Psycho path
Way forward.
Toward marco

Saturday, 30 April 2016

現代 Haiku April 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Bowie circa 1974

April 2016

Friday April 01, 2016
They all
Left them.
Still here

Saturday April 02, 2016
Another trick
Stir crazy.
Loaned wolf

Sunday April 03, 2016
Cook book
Worm norm.
No interest

Monday April 04, 2016
Little middle
West woman.
Old memory

Tuesday April 05, 2016
Two years
Passed buy.
Hope against

Wednesday April 06, 2016
Seeming venture
Capitalist fortune.
Pleasant fiction

Thursday April 07, 2016
Silent homage
Triage process.
Death wishing

Friday April 08, 2016
Day after
Word break.
REST alone

Saturday April 09, 2016
Hot turkey
Shoot water.
Cold shower

Sunday April 10, 2016
Rock freaks
Geeks stock.
Private venture

Monday April 11, 2016
Single minded
Money matters.
Full attention

Tuesday April 12, 2016
Leave us
Alone one.
Last gasp

Wednesday April 13, 2016
White wine
Mien trite.
Ode code

Thursday April 14, 2016
Mu wu
Man no.
Looks less

Friday April 15, 2016
LAC lust
Her pac.
Coy toy

Saturday April 16, 2016
Lone lectern
Left alone.
Mute muse

Sunday April 17, 2016
Step over
Time line.
Getting it

Monday April 18, 2016
We heart
It again.
In color

Tuesday April 19, 2016
Once wisdom
Teeth removed.
Choosing sides

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Look straight
Up ahead.
Not beside

Thursday April 21, 2016
Fifty five
Done ravin.
Settle down

Friday April 22, 2016
Team work
Week end.
Weird idea

Saturday April 23, 2016
Broad way
Wise teeth.
Out West

Sunday April 24, 2016
The real
Coke thing.
Nail nose

Monday April 25, 2016
Trust life
Time zone.
Beach leaf

Tuesday April 26, 2016
Little office
Girl games.
No respect

Wednesday April 27, 2016
Coy boy
Toy ploy.
Eh em

Thursday April 28, 2016
Hate woo
Man date.
Die Kehre

Friday April 29, 2016
Mind off
Mid word.
End week

Saturday April 30, 2016
Skin bones
White wash.
Mean clean

Thursday, 31 March 2016

現代 Haiku March 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

"My story has scared every President since Truman in '47."

March 2016

Tuesday March 01, 2016
You’re still
Here there.
Deploy ploy

Wednesday March 02, 2016
Musing cigarette
Smoking man. 
Lone writer

Thursday March 03, 2016
Wise turf
War hero.
Petty head

Friday March 04, 2016
Bed rid
Den kid.
Cat kit

Saturday March 05, 2016
Concrete death
Abstract comfort.
Wirtschafts haus

Sunday March 06, 2016
Art writing
Fast draw.
First draft

Monday March 07, 2016
How long
Before you.
Feels like

Tuesday March 08, 2016
Sub way
Real deel.
New doo

Wednesday March 09, 2016
Funding flow
Identity crisis.
Factory chart

Thursday March 10, 2016
Central Bank
Drop BOOM.
Trade refrain

Friday March 11, 2016
Arrested development
Tenured pettiness. 
Geometric ignorance

Saturday March 12, 2016
Hyper activity
Deficit attention.
Disorder her

Sunday March 13, 2016
Indy wants
Me flaunt.
Won’t go

Monday March 14, 2016
Secret brain
Pump insider.
Walk away

Tuesday March 15, 2016
Putting off
Last down. 
Fifty dollars

Wednesday March 16, 2016
Isolated island
Girl nostalgia. 
Flow identity

Thursday March 17, 2016
Make sound
Me found. 
Home grown

Friday March 18, 2016
Every day
Trade proxy.
Honey money

Saturday March 19, 2016
Another world
Viewing past.
Fortune future

Sunday March 20, 2016
Well worth
Wait sell.
Pip dream

Monday March 21, 2016
Idiot slow
Down man.
Gone fishin’

Tuesday March 22, 2016
Want won’t
Worry wort.
Word smit

Wednesday March 23, 2016
Brand ex
Files knew.
Pure mind

Thursday March 24, 2016
Dark room
Light bright.
Knees down

Friday March 25, 2016
Binge purge
All things. 
Keep sein

Saturday March 26, 2016
Drive under
Radar love. 
Only way

Sunday March 27, 2016
Future tastes
Good luck.
Past mistakes

Monday March 28, 2016
Light drawing
Traced words.
Romance man

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Excellent review
Chart volatility.
Marketing it

Wednesday March 30, 2016
In dead
Night out.
Old tunes

Thursday March 31, 2016
Fat boy
Slim man.
Dance fool

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Light Drawing

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Kilimanjaro (Gaby Israel)

"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." 
(Ansel Adams). 

Master photographer Gaby Israel is a draughtsman. Like all great artists his drawing skills are excellent, and appeared early. His chalk drawing of a Rembrandt painting made when he was a teenager illustrates the depth of his technical talent. The same can also be said of his early Michelangelo reproductions. That he describes the act of photography as "light drawing" is therefore not without significance. "That's what I do," Gaby says. "Drawing with light. For me it's like art. You capture something, like a painting." He knows whereof he speaks.

Rembrandt Chalk Drawing (Gaby Israel)

Street Scene, Venice, Italy (Gaby Israel)

     The High Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age are conspicuous by their influence in Gaby's photography (at least by those who know their art history), and provide the artistic basis for his romantically realist philosophy of art. If philosophy begins in wonder (as Aristotle says), then so does photography, at least the kind that Gaby has perfected through his body of work.
     Art is a selective recreation of reality based on an artist's value judgements. The monetary value that collectors have rightly seen in Gaby's recreations is rooted in his values as an artist. When I asked him to sum up his work in one word Gaby immediately said "passion" (without hesitation). It is the passion beneath, between, and behind Gaby's photographic acts that makes his pictures not only well worth the taking, but also well worth the partaking in by those of us who are as serious about collecting great art as we are about confronting the reason why it matters.
     The philosopher and the photographer do the same thing, but they do it in different ways: they recognize wonder in nature and try to give expression to it, in words and in images. What does this Aristotelian wonder consist in? Gaby sheds light on the significance of this question by answering it in his drawings. They contain captured moments of absolute clarity. To encounter them is to have the silence of that attentive moment drown out the noise of the attenuating multitude. They help us feel rather than think by respecting and conveying the passion of lived-experience. In Gaby the philosopher and photographer become one: to truly feel is to truly see. What is the eye that sees but is never itself seen? The answer to this koan is in the seeing (for the soul of the eye is seeing).

Lower Antelope Canyon Crystal Ball (Gaby Israel)

     Gaby is a romantic. His romance consists in his technical ability to draw us in and make us wonder at the existence of the real world, frame by frame. To illustrate this point, Gaby showed me a series of pictures he took of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario. "They get you thinking," he said. I asked him what he meant. "It's the power of this building," he answered, "the strong diagonal, the metal, the cold of the material." One picture in particular demonstrates what he means by the building's power. "The spiral tower has to be there," he said. "That is reality." He then drew my attention to the reflection in the window of the building. "The reflection looks like a painting." He then fell silent and let the picture do the talking.

Reflecting Dali, Royal Ontario Museum (Gaby Israel)

     Gaby is disciplined enough to capture light as it draws it's natural patterns, without getting in its way. "My job is to focus on the composition," he said. And like his High Renaissance master, Gaby is able to envision the "David" in every shot he takes. But it's not as if he does not have an active role to play giving compositional expression to his visions.
     Gaby knows that photography has grown as an art form, in no small measure due to the rise of modern technology. Given his penchant for the technical side of his craft (he has mastered the tools of his trade), it should come as no surprise to find out that Gaby's background is in engineering.
     He earned his BSc degree at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Industrial and Management Engineering. Since that time he has honed his technical skills in health care (where he produced the first Picture Archiving and Communicating (PAC) system for the imaging division in hospital operating rooms in Israel), in IT (where he held numerous Director and Vice Presidential roles in large corporations, from financial, client, and technology services to product management), in education (where he taught international professionals in the IT and financial sectors at a top Canadian university, along with his ongoing role as a photography instructor to a small group of talented and dedicated students), and through the creation and maintenance of his own full service IT consultancy company. As an artist he is a living example of Andy Warhol's claim that good art is good business.
     This background informs why he champions digital photography, and how technology serves, not hinders, his art. "I think that back in the day, you clicked and that was it. Now, you click, but it is only when you press Save that you are finished." Between the Click and the Save you are able, through programs like Lightroom, to add more shadows and light until you feel your composition is finished.
     The issue is not whether to manipulate a photograph. Manipulating a photograph is like drawing a picture. The trick is knowing when to stop. Less is more when it comes to manipulating High Dynamic Range (the ratio of light to dark in a photograph). Like great cooking, so great shooting: keep the essence of the natural ingredients and what they provide to the dish (a pinch of salt, a pinch of shadow). Gaby has mastered the trick of his trade.

Hawaii Mountain (Gaby Israel)

     Gaby is also a realist. It's what forces him to shy away from manipulating a photograph beyond its natural subject matter. This subject matter matters to him. He respects it for a reason. It serves a personal purpose.
     Photography begins in wonder, but it does not stop there. Gaby is aware that the wonder that draws you in will eventually demand something of you. That is the point of great art. It changes lives by inspiring us to live with the same passion and integrity that created it. And I suggest that it is this demand that every person senses when they look at Gaby's art with the same amount of passion that produced it. His drawings are personal reminders that creating and collecting art is never shut off from the reality within which both activities take place. Gaby's art is not value neutral. You cannot walk away from meditating on "Street Scene" or "Kilimanjaro" without sensing the serious generosity of Gaby's art: generous in its beauty, but serious in its call to live beautifully.
     Collecting Gaby's art matters because its all in the value (both financial and personal). Gaby's values as an artist open up the space for us to confront the wonder of existence, the wonder that there is something rather than nothing, to contemplate the fact that we are alive rather than dead, and to create a life worth living in attentive response to the essence he has captured in his photographs.
     A clue to what this means (for artist and collector alike) is found in what he finds most valuable in one of his modern influences. While he recognizes Ansel Adams' technical mastery (Gaby explained to me how Adams produced one of his famous landscape pictures by using a red filter on black and white, which changed the blue into a very dark blue, thereby turning it into a dark grey in contrast with the mountains he shot), for Gaby this is not what makes Adams so valuable as an artist.
     "I love how Ansel Adams was able to get the people in his pictures to do what they did in order for him to get the shot," Gaby told me. It was Adams' ability to relate to people and integrate them into his work that is the great inspiration. It is the story behind the picture that Gaby picks up on, and derives inspiration from in turn.
     I began this review with a photograph that Gaby took of Mount Kilimanjaro. There is a story behind this shot. In order to take it Gaby had to climb Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa). This is no small achievement. He told me that it was one of the most, if not the most, significant milestones in his life, but for more reasons than one. Part of the motivation for him was to raise money for the MukiBaum Foundation (an organization that helps children and adults with mental disabilities). Gaby produced a photobook of his journey and sold it at their annual gala in a silent auction. All of the proceeds of the sale went to the foundation.

"Lady In The Wind", Lower Antelope Canyon (Gaby Israel)

     Apart from Adams, comparisons to Peter Lik and Gerhard Richter come readily to mind. I am thinking not only about the obvious artistic quality of Gaby's work in relation to theirs. Gaby is that good. I am also thinking as a collector. Gaby's light drawings are Lik-like in what I call their wall power (they are an interior decorator's dream), and Richter-like in their large-scale and vibrantly hued abstract character. This two-fold likeness makes his photographs very easy to live with.

Abstract Triptych on wall (Gaby Israel)

     It takes more than just knowing about a camera's ISO, aperture, and shutter speed that goes into making a great photograph. The camera is merely a translation device for art. Adams was right when he spoke about what the act of photography is really about. You bring to this act all of the pictures you have seen, all of the books you have read, all of the music you have heard, and all of the people you have loved. In the light of Gaby Israel's passionate drawings, I would add one more thing to Adams' list. Gaby teaches us that to turn the act of photography into the act of art, an art that is "born as the echo of God's laughter, the art that creates that fascinating imaginative realm where no one owns the truth and everyone has the right to be understood," you must bring to it the most important thing of all: the life you have lived. 

Gaby Israel

Gaby Israel. Click here to access Gaby's website.
Judd Tully. "The Ascent Of Gerhard Richter." ART + AUCTION. June, 2012.
Milan Kundera. The Art Of The Novel. Grove Press Inc. 1988.

Monday, 29 February 2016

現代 Haiku February 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton

"Have You Seen Her?"

February 2016

Monday February 01, 2016
Learn sublime
Texting slowly.
Marking down

Tuesday February 02, 2016
Personal bank
Ruptured account.
Lucky thirteen

Wednesday February 03, 2016
My muse
Made mist.
Beyond brink

Thursday February 04, 2016
Please don’t
Interfere rince.
Won’t hook

Friday February 05, 2016
New found
Photo man.
Get closer

Saturday February 06, 2016
Passing through
Portal tunnel.
Take break

Sunday February 07, 2016
Money managed
Medium matters.
Miracle maker

Monday February 08, 2016
Teen town
Down ton.
Jaco past

Tuesday February 09, 2016
Machine skinny
Drummer man.
Under rated

Wednesday February 10, 2016
Table dancing
Opera singer.
Subtle gypsy

Thursday February 11, 2016
Once future
King Queen.
British brother

Friday February 12, 2016
Dramatic dodge
Danger domestic.
Tragic opera

Saturday February 13, 2016
Good night
Sleep deal.
Came in

Sunday February 14, 2016
Dancing dazed
Crazed dame.
Third degree

Monday February 15, 2016
Feeling absence
Awakens feelings.
Daughter dearest

Tuesday February 16, 2016
Appears anew
Again afresh.
The witch

Wednesday February 17, 2016
Un attain
Ability oui.
To dance

Thursday February 18, 2016
Lost data
Man age.
Meant it

Friday February 19, 2016
Head down
Grind stone.
Mind business

Saturday February 20, 2016
Stay put
Off away.
Shut down

Sunday February 21, 2016
Two one
One too.
Us rush

Monday February 22, 2016
Live show
Me death.
Slow grief

Tuesday February 23, 2016
Light drawing
Bright tracing.
Familiar name

Wednesday February 24, 2016
Home bound
Tightly wound.
Taking care

Thursday February 25, 2016
Work on
Me free.
No way

Friday February 26, 2016
Back down
South bound.
Blond bomb

Saturday February 27, 2016
Secret ticking
Brain place.
Being there

Sunday February 28, 2016
Old money
Make her.
One scent

Monday February 29, 2016
Sartorial man
Up swinging.
Sweet akita

Sunday, 31 January 2016

現代 Haiku January 2016

By Rory A.A. Hinton


January 2016

January 01, 2016
Entering into
Minto silence.
Reactive reaction

January 02, 2016
Falling asleep
Spell shaman.

January 03, 2016
Game chicken
Soup eh.
Players play

January 04, 2016
Identity driven
Service enabled.
Writing mythology

January 05, 2016
Which witch
Switch bitch.
Guilty bullshit

January 06, 2016
Lunch learn
Lean less.
Vision game

January 07, 2016
MAC donald
Trump attack.
Eating rich

January 08, 2016
House boat
Hook bound.
Deserve me

January 09, 2016
Financially technical
Transition positioned.
Economic echoing

January 10, 2016
Echoing laughter
Heard response.
Tragically square

January 11, 2016
Opera house
Pictures shot.
Staged door

January 12, 2016
Wagner meeting
Eyes writing.
Same table

January 13, 2016
Slowly sharing
Steps made.
More story

January 14, 2016
Work worked
Hard hardly.
Sick money

January 15, 2016
Not enough
Pay dazed.
Con fused

January 16, 2016
Fallout three
Hours ours.
Game daemon

January 17, 2016
Writing last
Minute again.

January 18, 2016
Church artist
Without card.
Hurst hurse

January 19, 2016
Practically physical
Distance destroying.
Selfishly better

January 20, 2016
Fifty one
Left over.
Last day

January 21, 2016
Past three
Years end.
Renew vow

January 22, 2016
Overtly organized
Rhyme syndicated.
Covertly understood

January 23, 2016
Last straw
Man hand.
Career over

January 24, 2016
These bitches
Ain’t runnin’.
Next sucker

January 25, 2016
Skeleton key
West south.
Gone fishing

January 26, 2016
Tilled ground
Zero tolerance.
Animal farming

January 27, 2016
REST full
Focus now.
Pass test

January 28, 2016
Next eight
Year plan.
First two

January 29, 2016
Father lost
Boy found.
Ride pride

January 30, 2016
Fellow academic
Exercise caution.
Common concern

January 31, 2016
Mightier pen
Ultimate pan.
Family reserve