『The edge of the Tokaido, near Arimatsu』
Take in the atmosphere of the town that was painted by Utagawa Hiroshige in his “Fifty-Three Stages of Tokaido”. The Arimatsu Traditional Streets were designated as an Important Preservation District of Traditional Buildings by the national government in July 2016.
Even if my savings go to zero, I’ll go where I want to go and shoot what I want to shoot.
If that doesn’t produce any fruit, I’ll think about it at that time.
I won’t think about the distant future. Absolutely. I don’t know what happens.
It’s important to think about the present.
Life does not know what will happen.
The town of Arimatsu was founded on the Tokaido road in 1608.
Takeda Shokuro, along with eight others who moved from the hamlet of Agui (present-day Agui-cho, Chitagun, Aichi Prefecture), established the town which blossomed into a famous region known for its shibori tie-dying.
For over more than 400 years, much of the town’s distinctive streets and architecture have remained unchanged as they continue to help many experiences the culture of shibori and the beauty of Japan to this very day.
Here, the word productive does not refer to the ability of a painter or scientist to create something new or original, as in the case of being creative.
Also, it does not refer to the product of activeness, but the attributes of active life. Even pictures and scientific papers may be unproductive, or barren.
On the other hand, people who are deeply aware of themselves, or who not only look at a tree, but also who see it, or read poetry, experience the emotional movements expressed by the poet in their own words.
The process that is going on in a person, the process that produces nothing, can be very productive.
It is not necessarily tied to the creation of works of art, scientific creation, or creation of something useful.
Productive people animate everything they touch. They create their abilities and give life to other people and things.
Being active does not mean busy external activity, but an internal activity that makes one’s human power productive.
Being active means expressing one’s abilities and talents, and the abundant human genius that is given to all humans to varying degrees.
It means renewing yourself, growing up, overflowing, loving, transcending the prison of an isolated ego, being interested, and giving.
However, none of these experiences can be fully described in words.
It cannot be described in words and can only be communicated by sharing experiences.
Being active is a living, productive thinking.
Things are fixed and can be described.
Experience cannot be described in principle.
All we can describe is our persona (a mask worn by each person, an ego to be shown to others). Originally this persona is a thing.
Living humans, by contrast, are not dead figures and cannot be described as things.
Living humans cannot be described at all.
Yasuharu Nagura |『Seascape』Guam
Monochrome photographs show the composition captured by the photographer and emphasize the contrast, tone, and pattern.
This gives a more vivid impression of the one-turn reality captured by the photographer.
Previously, youu had to load monochrome film into your camera, but digital photography is easy because you can convert the color images you take with your computer.
Many cameras also have a monochrome mode, so you can set it to shoot.
This is practical but not the best quality.
p.s. The photograph was taken on January 2, 2016
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet ［Sagrada Família］|1883 − | Barcelona photo : Yasuharu Nagura
The 20th-century architecture, which shows an extremely diverse richness both technically and in terms of modeling, is divided into two: intellectual and rationalist functionalism architecture, and sensory and expressionist organic architecture.
Functional architecture has a very modern character in that it is connected with the possibility of mass production by standardization and fabrication (manufacturing of assembled house parts) as well as rational form, but there are mechanical. Some things make you feel cold.
On the other hand, the trend of seeking more sensory and human architecture is called organic architecture.
German expressionist architecture after the First World War and Antonio Gaudi, a unique Spanish architect with a rich, end-of-the-century feel, can enter the tide in a broad sense.