:: N.Y.(2) "Another N.Y." ::
I shot these pictures in January 1980. I waited through a 7 day to get best conditions for shooting aerial photographs. Finally on the eighth day I got perfect weather. I chartered a helicopter with a pilot who was a veteran of the Viet Nam War. Before flying we had a brief flight plan meeting and obtained permission from JFK. I'll listing some of the street shots in this gallery.
:: Stephan Kohler / Artist, Curator.... ::
This German artist, Stephan Kohler, is one of the most unique artists I ever met. He spent many years in Venice, Italy. Next he studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York. After traveling the Yucatan for several months, he moved to Gifu Prefecture (Village of Paper), in Japan. Here he studied the ancient traditions of handmade paper making and paper umbrella making. He realized the tradition was dying because craftspeople were getting old and the younger generation was not interested in learning the skills. Recognizing these papers to be the world's most beautiful papers, he became concerned that within the next decade the tradition might be lost. He studied hard and met the papermaker who had been designated a Japanese Life Treasure. In negotiations with local craftspeople and the local governor, he was provided free housing and studio space. After several years he opened what he called the Washi Survival School, which trained the younger generation in the old skill. The school attracted not only Japanese students, but also students from a variety of countries.
In addition to papermaking he also became a master at making paper umbrellas. His concept for an umbrella installation project coincided almost exactly with the Cristo and Jeanne-Claude installation of umbrellas in Japan and Colorado, USA. Stephan's installation included 1,001 paper umbrellas floating on a lake in downtown Tokyo. He also installed 1,001 umbrellas in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo.
In 2002, he moved on from papermaking, and moved to Benin, West Africa. Here he opened a residential community for artists, writers and researchers.
Stephan Kohler Web Info. http://www.jointadventures.org/about/about.htm
About handmade paper info: http://www.importantpapers.org/story.htm
Paper info. http://web-japan.org/nipponia/nipponia15/sp01.html
:: View from my studio window (Almost PaD) ::
Many memory and the collection of at a moment which were cut through one window like fixed-point observation scene photographs. Henry
At the beginning of morning, I remembered author Rachel Carson of the book "silent spring".
Rachel Carson Centennial Birthday Celebration 1907-2007
"Where have we been, where are we now, where are we going?"
:: Tacoma and Vicinity Photo Gallery ::
:: LENS EVALUATIONS ::
"Excellent Wide Lens" CARL ZEISS C Distagon 60mm f4
"Ultra Sharp Lens" CARL ZEISS T* C Planar 100mm f3.5 MK70
:: Mt. Rainier Gallery ::
:: PUBLISHED & EXHIBITION ::