Autumn is a great time in Japan. The leaves change from a dusty worn out green to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellow, which are the last burst of colour before the drab bare winter. Many Japanese people like to flock to places for autumn leaf viewing, much in the same way they flock to places for cherry blossom (sakura) viewing. Perhaps the most famous place in Japan is Arashiyama in Kyoto. The temples and shrines often have have great trees and ‘social atmosphere’, so too castles, and some popular hiking destinations. It’s painted as a place that is tranquil and “zen”, but with 40,000 other people to enjoy the autumn ‘tranquillity’, it’s more like a social occasion. My autumn photos can be found on my agent’s website Asia Photo Connection, and my portfolio on PhotoShelter.
It’s that time of year again, the Foreign Artists Exhibition (FAE27). This year I’ll be showing New Religion in collaboration with a poetic friend Leah Sullivan, who’ll be displaying a selection of mostly specially written poems for this event. For me, my interpretation of New Religion is that Japan is in a transition from receiving spiritual nourishment from Buddhism and Shintoism and has or is moving into commercialism or consumerism. Through consumerism Japanese (and people of many other countries) obtain certain fulfilments. At the time of blogging, Leah is still working on her poems, and so I can’t say anything about what they represent or how they can be interpreted. But it is safe to say that she is writing her poems based on her own unique interpretation of the photos in New Religion. I suggest the viewer to understand that these are our interpretations, and that the viewer is welcome and encouraged to come to his or her own understanding of New Religion.
The exhibition will be held from 6th to 11th November, 10am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday, at the Nagoya International Centre. Come and see other Tokai-region based artists from many other countries, and see paintings, photography, sketches, and more.
It’s not often I get to release a new batch of art photos into the wild. This collection is simply called New Religion. The base set of images are of Fushimi Inari Shrine and Daigo Temple in Kyoto, whilst the second are of commercial scenes including shops near Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Sakae and Osu shopping areas of Nagoya. New Religion, I hope, will have people pause and reconsider the things they worship, the daily and weekly rituals they have, as well as the intellectual and spiritual nourishment they get. Some of these images will be displayed at the up coming Foreign Artists Exhibition. Stay tuned for details.
All images are available for sale at the New Religion gallery. Available for download, and as high quality gallery-standard prints.