Yamamoto Masao – ‘Shizuka (Cleanse)’

Yamamoto Masao’s series ‘Shizuka (Cleanse)’ –  “Living in the forest, I feel the presence of many “treasures” breathing quietly in nature. I call this presence “Shizuka.”

Yamamoto Masao – Shizuka (Cleanse)

 

“Shizuka” means cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted.

I walk around the forest and harvest my “Shizuka” treasures from soil. I try to catch the faint light radiated by these treasures with both my eyes and my camera… I have an impression that something very vague and large might exist beyond the small things I can feel. This is why I started collecting “Shizuka” treasures.

“Shizuka” transmits itself through the delicate movement of air, the smell of the earth, the faint noises of the environment, and rays of light. “Shizuka” sends messages to all five of my senses.

Capturing light is the essence of photography. I am convinced more than ever that photography was created when humans wished to capture light.

I hope you will enjoy “Shizuka”, the treasures of the forest, through my photographs.”

Source – artist statement