Toshio Enomoto’s series ‘Sakura’ – “It is my rule to use film in sakura photography. I’ve photographed sakura for nearly thirty years, at dawn or sunset, always in pursuit of that momentary tension between the darkness of the night sky and the bright flowers, but it’s a real challenge. The sakura show different faces every year, and sometimes I wonder how many more chances I’ll get to chase them. The coming of spring always makes me restless.”
Risaku Suzuki’s series ‘Sakura’ – the ethereal beauty of the Japanese spirit, captured in out of focus blurred close-ups of cherry blossoms, like tenderly floating haiku about white pink clouds of evanescence melting into the blue celestial background of eternity.
“In “Sakura,” the blossoms of the intersecting branches appear melded together as one, making it difficult to distinguish the foreground from the background. My work is about the experience of time and vision. The beauty of the sakura lies in the brevity of their blossoming, so I must rush to photograph their brilliance and vitality… When I stand under a cherry tree and look up at the blossoms, I always feel as if I’m. The blossoms continue beyond my field of vision, each shimmering so beautifully. It is impossible to see them all.”