Floating World

Brigitte Carnochan – ‘Floating World’

Brigitte Carnochan’s series ‘Floating World’ – photographic allusions to Japanese poems.

Inspired by a book of poems by Japanese women from the 7th through the 20th centuries the artist occasionally found in a used bookstore, she immediately felt that wanted to make their photographic equivalents. Not just to illustrate them, but to express her own interpretation of each poem.

Brigitte Carnochan - Floating World

Brigitte Carnochan – Floating World


“Floating World refers to the conception of a world as evanescent, impermanent, of fleeting beauty and divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world. For the poets in this volume that world centered on love—longing for love and the beloved, mourning lost love, pondering its mystery. The beauty of the natural world—its flowers, landscape, the moon, and the changing seasons—serves as the primary metaphor.”


How can I blame the cherry blossoms

for rejecting this floating world

and drifting away

as the wind calls them.


Watch this short video to learn more about the artist’s works.