By Rich Jones
Through delicate monochromatic photographs, Masao Yamamoto explores the harmonious details of life that most of us miss. In describing his work, Yamamoto looks to “the presence of many ‘treasures’ breathing quietly in nature,” which he captures “with both my eyes and my camera.”
He calls this presence “Shizuka,” meaning cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted. The painter-turned-photographer reveals a calming balance between flora and fauna with a unique sensitivity. The Valid Foto art gallery presents Masao’s third appearance in the space for an exhibition entitled Microcosm-Macrocosm. Early works from the series A Box of Ku and Nakazora, right through to recent pieces from Kawa = Flow, Shizuka and new images Bonsai feature.
The exhibition is included in the official program of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan.