白玖景図   Achromatic Landscape
giclee on Japanese paper with Japanese mounting for a scroll / 30×400cm *image / 2021




This work is my first attempt at a scroll-type photographic work. I took several panoramic shots while walking at a scenic spot of distinctive white rocks in Tohoku in Japan. If you look carefully, you will notice that the same rock formation in different directions appears several times. This is a very faithful record of reality - a documentary or a record of my actions and vision, but at the same time it incorporates the pictorial method of time representation called heterochronography. This landscape is based on a record of reality, but the same landscape cannot be seen in the actual world. 

The time expressions and compositions used in picture scrolls, which originated from Chinese scrolls and developed into unique pictorial expressions in Japan around the 11th or 12th century, are quite distinctive. While it is a long panoramic painting, it has a multi-layered time structure in which only a part of the painting is rolled out from right to left. In order to tell the story, heterochronography is often used, and various effects are used at the transition points of each scene to make the connections less noticeable. While there are clearly multiple timelines, the work also appears to be a single picture with no sense of incongruity. When referring to long picture scrolls with this special time structure, especially Chinese landscape paintings, I felt that this particular landscape of unique rock formations in Japan was especially appropriate for this work as the landscape itself greatly resembles classic works in this style.