Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (2015-2016)
These photographs are inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s famous set of woodcuts “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”.
Despite the wide variety of shown scenes, all of Hokusai’s colour prints share a common structure. In the foreground people are going about their daily business, the middle ground refers to a different time-scale like seasons or things decaying, and finally a glimpse of mount Fuji hints at changes too slow to be perceived during a human life.
Hokusai’s woodcuts share several elements with photographs: they represent fleeting moments, they create a memory of simple events and people’s relationship with time is a major subject in the images. Just as photographs the prints are mechanically reproducible and they were affordable and not considered high-brow art.
This series is about time, about moments, seasons, years, lifetimes.
Published with the support of the CNA Award – Supporting creation and publishing in photography, Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA), Luxembourg.
Édité avec le soutien de la Bourse CNA – Aide à la création et à la diffusion en photographie, Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA), Luxembourg.