“We have infinite options of how to photograph something. That extends into the darkroom afterwards. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t gone over to digital. I prefer the slowness, the unpredictability, the complications. You never know what you have. It’s like the excitement of opening up a Christmas package when you get your negatives back.” Michael Kenna
Michael Kenna is one of today’s most important and influential black & white landscape photographers. This exhibition, curated by Blue Lotus Gallery, focuses on a subject most dear to Kenna: trees. Slowness is a philosophy that carries through all that Michael Kenna does. For forty five years he has worked with film and still prefers it to digital. Sometimes his exposure times last many hours. He makes all his own prints in his own darkroom.
Good trees grow slowly, and those with strong resilience situated in good conditions can live for thousands of years. Each tree has its own story to tell. The viewing pleasure of Kenna’s work is likewise connected to a change of pace, close focusing, and a meditation of sorts. Philosopher’s Tree is the story of an artist’s childhood friendship with trees that has culminated in works that demonstrate the beauty of simplicity. One cannot help but wonder, if these trees could talk, what would they tell us?
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"Philosopher's Tree" by Michael Kenna
From 15 June to 01 July 2018
1606 Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1
60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong