Hi, my name is Jan Kohút (Honza). I spent my childhood in a little village
called Velká nad Veličkou. After finishing primary school, I went to
Uherské Hradiště to study grammar school. It was there where I first
started to wonder about music, prose, lyrics, poetry, etc. Well, to
put it simply, about art. It was not only about wonder but also about
first attempts to create something mine. First tones on the guitar,
first lines of poetry, now, for a good reason, forever forgotten.
After graduation, I continued to Brno (the second-largest city in the
Czech Republic) to study information technology. I began to take
photos and be more engaged in poetry. I watched tons of tutorials
about photography and editing. For the first time, I didn't consider
my singing to be totally out of tune. I read wonderful books about
the "rules" of poetry by Mary Oliver and I could not resist the
thought of accepting her as my teacher. After I received my master's
degree, I was kind of lost. I realized my nihilistic attitude towards
life and I knew I had to step further. Towards a belief, an axiom of
my own. An endless journey without an end. And so a new era of
searching has begun.
Currently, I'm 28 and I study PhD at the Information Technology Faculty
of Brno University of Technology. I love to play the guitar, clarinet,
piano, and ukulele. I'm not a pro musician and I learned everything by
myself. On the guitar, piano, and ukulele, I love to play folk/indie
music. On the clarinet, I love to play folklore music, which is specific
to our region Horňácko. I also like to dance folklore dances with my
folklore group Velička. Apart from poetry, I read mostly classical
novels and sometimes I read fantasy series. Every year I go
snowboarding to the Alps and I also know how to ski. My favourite
activity is hiking, ideally with poles for nordic walking. When it
comes to my job/school, I'm mostly interested in artificial
intelligence, mainly neural networks. As for now, I'm working on text
First, I "hated" poetry because I couldn’t understand it. But then I
realized that you should not even try to understand it. This realization
freed me, and I started to enjoy it. I realized that there were people
in this world that wrote poetry that I loved. I realized that to found
one poem that is perfect for you is often more than to read a whole
novel. I can spend hours reading poetry and not find anything I like.
Often it just doesn’t speak to me on any level. But I try to overcome
it so I could reach the ones I'm going to love. And if I was to find
one poem in a hundred that I would love, it would be enough for me.
It would worth the fight.
When it comes to writing poetry, it is often little things happening
in daily life that inspire me. It can be a smell, touch, look, the
way someone says something etc. I realized that the poems I wrote
based on these little things are often the best ones. I believe that
by capturing little things, and anything that comes out of it, you
are getting closer and closer to the meaning of life, or whatever
you wish to call it. On the contrary, sometimes I try to write about
big things, about something really complicated. It usually ends up
as a mess. I mean it's quite confusing and it's not offering you
something to hold on to.
I decided to buy my first camera (Sony a6000) thanks to my friend whos
photos inspired me. At first, I was interested in photographing people
that I knew and somehow captured the essence of what they were. Then I
also started to be interested in landscape photography. But generally,
I shoot anything that seems interesting to me. Lately, I'm trying to
get better in video.
I've shot most of my pictures with Sony APS-C cameras (a6000, a6500)
and Sigma lenses (16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4).
Recently, I've bought a Sony A7C with Samyang 45mm f/1.8.
I use Capture One for editing.
I love to capture the typical faces of people. I don’t strive for
"fakeish" smiles and poses. I try to capture the moment. You can
realize that this is quite similar to what I'm trying to do in poetry.
In these moments you can see the true nature of life or whatever you
wish to call it. As for the landscape, I like it because of nature.
Somehow it has this ability to overcome you and I try to capture this
in my landscape photos. Whether I use a wide lens to capture huge
mountains or a long lens to capture some details. I also like to
experiment, so I might shoot something weird from time to time.
Hmm, singer-songwriting. It would seem like a natural thing for someone
writing poetry and playing some instruments. But weirdly, it is not just
a combination of these two worlds but something new. Lyrics and poetry
are different. Trust me, if you read poetry and lyrics for some time,
you will notice quite a difference. Some lyrics may resemble poetry more,
some poetry might by more like lyrics, but they are different. You quickly
realize this when you just write some peace of poetry and add some chords
over it. It does not work.
For me, it is about the connection between the lyrics and the music.
Ideally, it should be so closely tight that it should be almost
impossible to "get the message" without listening to the music and
listening to the lyrics together. This connection is a world for itself.
New possibilities to express yourself, to grasp something ungraspable.
It took me a long time to realize this. It was probably the main reason
I never liked what I wrote. It always felt like there is no real need
for the music or for the lyrics. It never felt like me, until very recently.
Random favourite artists of mine, refresh for more...
What is bugging me right now...
Try to "get" what Hayley is trying to express in Petals for Armor,
if you are not "getting it" search for meanings that other people share.
The album has three part which can be broadly sum up as:
depression, realization, falling in love with yourself. The goal (of course) is to
get to a place where you can fully vibe with the last part. The journey is long and hard.
As it should be. Good luck!!!!!
A podcast that will hopefully make you a little bit wiser.
Pro-love movement, a place to learn what love should be about.
A place to connect with really, really, really interesting people.
If you speak Czech, you can read an interview with me and Jaroslav Podloucký...
This website is solely my creation. I'm most indebted to the team of
people responsible for
It allows you to create a
responsive website without the need to mess around with CSS and
you find yourself inside
which I'm thankful for.
I'm using only open-source code, so I'm also making this open-source.
You can find the code on GitHub.
The idea behind this website is to
make an addition of new content as simple as possible. I've achieved
this by simple XML files where I can define the content. These XML
files are processed by PHP scripts which generate the HTML pages.
As these rather simple and fast PHP scripts are running on the server,
the client receives the final HTML page and there is almost no need
As for the content, I like the idea of DIY (do it yourself), so
everything is by me (if not explicitly stated otherwise). I would
like to keep this page as pure and peaceful as possible. A place
where you can explore everything there is without being attacked
by adds, meaningless comments, likes, dislikes, hashtags, etc.
On the other hand, I'm most eager for any meaningful conversation
about anything you can find on this website. There is no option
to leave a message directly, but you can write me an email anytime.
If you would like to receive an email every time I add something new,
you can write me a beautiful request,
or if you are not in the mood, you can just send
me an email with "sub" in the subject. Although I'm planning to be
more and more active you cannot hope for more than one email per month.
Sorry for not spamming you more. Of course, you can also send me an "unsub", but you will not.