Working from a Zen philosophy of "emptiness", Japanese photographer, Masao Yamamoto's images are essentially vignettes of nature and our intersection with it, ruminating over the passage of time and memory. His finished prints are miniature treasures--averaging 3 x 5 inches and smaller--that are toned, stained, torn, marked, rubbed and creased. One has an experience of looking at a group of found vintage photographs, telling a familiar and unique story.
Yamamoto's series began in 1993 as "A Box of Ku"--ku meaning "emptiness" in Japanese--and currently continues under the title "Nakazora," which has an even more enigmatic definition (a Buddhist term): The space between sky and earth, the place where birds, etc. fly. Empty air. Mid-air. An internal hollow. Vague. Hollow. Around the center of the sky. Or, emptiness. A state when the feet do not touch the ground. Inattentiveness. The inability to decide between two things. Midway. The center of the sky (the zenith).
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