Calligraphy Trees

PhotographerOlivier Robert
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryMessery, France
Entry Description

This project consists in a personal approach of naturally-shaped trees that have a close connection with the traditional Japanese ink-painting (sumi-e). This painting has always been an important source of inspiration and has strongly influenced my photography about lakes and coastlines minimalist sceneries since 1995. This ‘Calligraphy Trees’ series started in Japan many years ago on the routes of Buddhist pilgrimages where I regularly spend time for my ongoing project about the sacred statuary in holy mountains. I deeply feel that these Japanese trees have a spiritual presence in the landscapes whether or not they are connected to temples. They pertain to contemplative sceneries that have inspired generations of philosophers, painters and artists over time.