Richard Man’s Calligraphy and Photography

December 21, 2008

Sweeping the Water

Filed under: Chinese calligraphy, photography — Tags: , , — imagecraft @ 11:02 pm

The Japanese generally likes to keep their places nice and neat, even their national parks. Stray leaves are swept away unless they are artfully arranged. Clearly, these people are keeping the riverlet clean (the wooden sign says “Bridge for Cranes to Walk Over,” but may be the Nihongo semantic is different from the Chinese, as I doubt any crane would walk on the bridge per se) but I can’t say I understand how a broom is the best tools for the job.

The Chinese I wrote is simply, “Kanazawa Kenrokuen (garden), Japan.”

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Japan: the Land of Stone Lanterns

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , , , — imagecraft @ 12:04 am

In Japan, as with many other places in Asia, religions and spirituality are very much interwined with the People and the Land. In the Japanese countryside, you can’t help but feel that life is different there. The roadside Jizo that protect travelers, the stone lanterns, the Torii gates. It anchors us to the place. Here are two photos of the lanterns, a small lantern and a set of lanterns that dwarfs the human next to them.

Of the Small:

…And Large:

December 18, 2008

Solstice Morn 2007

Filed under: Chinese calligraphy, photography — Tags: , , , , , , — richard @ 11:45 am

Solstice is the day of the “Sun Return,” after the day of the longest night. On the Northern Hemisphere, the setting Sun will set in the same spot for about 3 days, before making a northerly journey again, until the Summer Solstice. We have a tradition of holding a Solstice Vigil (i.e. an excuse for party) and some of us stay up all night, ensuring the Yule log burns all night and sing up the Sun the next morn, at Solstice.

This is one of the photos from 2007, “Solstice Morn 2007.”

// EDIT: added Chinese calligraphy. It reads:

The Winter Solstice arrives in California

In the morning, we looked to the East to wait for the Sunrise

(heh, the Chinese is so much more concise)

December 10, 2008

“The Look”

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , — richard @ 8:00 am

I love the panoramic format. I have a number of very good digital color photos from this session, but somehow “the look,” the tonality of the Neopan 1600 B&W film, and the pano format just speak to me.

The Hasselblad XPan II (or the FujifilmTX-2 version) is a spectacular camera for handheld pano photos. Expect more to come.

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