Japan Travels—Gardens. Tranquility Now. Unique areas, based on traditional aesthetics and philosophies. Natural ornamentation emphasis on nature’s landscapes. My goal was to capture the tranquility of each area. To make images that when looked at would provide sense of peace and relaxation. Visiting new places helps you to see better. You know when million of tourists equipped with their phones are continually snapping away, there is a desire to be more reflective and think better images. Although it is vacation, you work hard, walk slower and absorb the scene. You carefully compose, adjust for the desired affect and click.
The Rock garden, “Hasna Garden” around the Fukuchiin Monastery, near the sacred mountain, Koyasan. The modern rock garden was created by the acclaimed architect Mirei Shigemori.
Photo #4 A woman poses on the bridge of the Kyoto’s Maruyama Park. At the foot of Mt. Higashiyama, and since 1931 is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. This was established in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). With the famous weeping Cherry Tree, this area is the place to be during Cherry Blossom season and New Year’s Eve. A place where people queue up with their photographer to capture their scene. Realizing this scenario, after missing one woman, waited for the next setup. As an event photographer, found a wonderful situation, positioned myself in an inconspicuous area and tried to make impactful images.
Photo 5 The Lower Pond and fishing deck at The Temple of Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. A Zen Buddhist temple dates back to 1397. Rebuilt after a fire in 1955. It’s gold-leaf coating glistens in the sun. The gardens surrounding the temple is a landscape garden, the pond contains 10 islands, zen topography and the bridges reflect famous places in Chinese and Japanese literature.
Photo 6 The Honmaru Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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