来自英国的Michael Kenna被誉为当代最优秀和最具影响力的风景摄影师之一，以拍摄黑白作品闻名。除凭着他个人对环境的视野和触感外，还利用极长时间的曝光技术，令镜头能聚焦更多的光线和更广阔的景深，彻底呈现出人眼在实景中看不见的细节。简洁的构图充满着神秘灵性之感，配合对比鲜明的黑白色调，别具震撼力。继上年的“黄山”影展后，今月Michael Kenna将重临香港，在Plum Blossoms画廊展出从出道至今在日本所拍摄的一系列作品。1987年首次踏足日本的他，即被这岛国迷人而轻盈的风景所深深吸引，及后便不停往来以菲林记录着当地宁静而优雅的文化面貌，足迹遍布全国。
“我被物件在人类生活作息过后弥漫于这些地方的余韵所吸引，它们怎样互动、如何于视觉上并置，对我来说十分有趣。日本一直是体验这种好奇心的最完美环境。”Michael独爱捕捉人造物件与天然环境之间的微妙关系，如诗人咏诗般供予观者无尽的联想空间，也渗透出对大自然及传统历史的尊重。值得留意是主办单位会将卖出相片 “Torii, Study 2, Biwa Lake, Honshu, Japan, 2007” 的所有收益捐助予日本强震及海啸救灾基金，展期由即日起至至十一月十日。（via）
Plum Blossoms Gallery is most excited to announce the return of world-renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna this October, with new additions to his most famous “Japan” photography series. Officiating at the exhibition opening ceremony will be The Honorable Yuji Kumamaru, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong. Widely considered to be the foremost landscape photographer of his generation, Kenna’s work has often been described as enigmatic, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful – qualities which almost perfectly coincide with Japan’s landscape. Kenna first stepped foot on this island nation in 1987 and was utterly seduced by this mysterious and wonderfully alluring set of lands. He returned over the years to travel throughout the country, capturing the serenity of Japan, an elegance of her culture and a reverence for her tradition. Kenna’s Japanese landscapes are weightless and transient. They are marked by a minimal quality that seeks to merely suggest rather than to describe, and in that sense they reflect the philosophy of Japanese Haiku poetry, where “a few elements may evoke a world of imagination,” as suggested by Kenna himself. Throughout his work, Kenna explores the interplay of man-made objects and the natural landscape, how human beings leave their marks on the places they inhabit.
“I am attracted both to the visual juxtapositions and interactions, and also to the lingering atmospheres that pervade these places when normal activities are not happening. Japan has been a perfect environment to exercise this curiosity.” The intensity of the drama is further heightened by his use of long exposures, as film is able to accumulate light and record events that our eyes are incapable of seeing. “The results are deliciously unpredictable,” says Kenna. Limited copies of the expanded edition of the book Michael Kenna – In Japan, published by RAM Tokyo, will also be available for sale at the Gallery.