Black + White + Grey

Isn’t this just incredibly beautiful?

shinichimaruyama_kushoShinichi Maruyama is a photographer who grew up in Japan and is now based in New York.  These images are part of his Kusho series, split-second photographs of the collision of black ink and water.


The statement on his website (which you should check out –  there are 26 photographs in the series, all stunning and unique) talks about how these works reflect the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.  I can’t quote it exactly, because the essay has a strict copyright statement at the bottom!  But my good friend Wikipedia gives two quotes about wabi-sabi which I’m pretty sure I can safely replicate here:

“…if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.” Andrew Juniper

“It (wabi-sabi) nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” Richard R. Powell

Shinichi Maruyama - Self Portrait

Shinichi Maruyama - Self Portrait


April 6, 2009. Tags: , , , . art.


  1. Dana replied:

    Ohmygosh I LOVE!! Like his Nihonga stuff too – reminds me of this artist I’m going to see an exhibition of at the Royal Academy next week called Kuniyoshi:

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    You and your access to high culture! Looks like a great exhibition. They had some Ukiyo-e paintings at Te Papa as part of the Monet show, but they were very much there to show the Eastern influences on Impressionist art, rather than to be enjoyed in their own context, I thought the emphasis was a little bit odd!

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