North Pacific Ocean, Ohkurosaki, 2013
When it comes to photo books one always has the choice. One can start with the pictures or with the introduction to the pictures. I have no idea why I do sometimes prefer the pictures to the intro or vice versa. In the case of Seascapes by Hiroshi Sugimoto I started with the pics.
What we are shown is a series of seascapes. At first glance, the pictures didn't differ much from one another yet the more time I spent with them the more differences I began to see. Sometimes, the line between ocean and sky completely disappears.
Sea of Japan, Oki, 1987
The pics radiate a fascinating tranquility, they do have a calming effect on me. And, to read what Hiroshi Sugimoto penned on this website („Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention – and yet they vouchsafe our very existence.“), fills me with a sense of being exposed to the essence of our existence.
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