Claire Sullivan - Monday, April 13, 2009
Ok so it's getting pretty obvious that I am obsessed with the Japanese aesthetic. I am continually impressed by the work that Japanese artists and designers create. Their simplicity of form is something that immediately appeals to me. I am also a huge fan of photography as an art form, so it's no surprise that when I came across New York based photographer Shinichi Maruyama I was blown away. Maruyama draws inspiration from his youth when he often wrote Chinese characters using sumi ink. Once the brush touches the paper the character must be finished in one stroke, there is only one chance to get it right. Using similar brush stroke techniques Maruyama hurls black India ink into water and photographs the millisecond that these two liquids collide. Capable of capturing this phenomenon at a 7,500th of a second, Maruyama takes full advantage of a recent advancement in strobe light technology which can record physical events faster than the naked eye can perceive them. In the above series Kusho, which means “writing in the sky,” Maruyama’s goal is to arrest in space and time the sublime intersection of two different media before they merge into one. Simply stunning. See more of ShinichiMaruyama's work here.