Into the Silence


Into the Silence

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旅に病(やん)で 夢は枯野を かけ巡る 


Making this visual story was inspired by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō, and in particular his work “The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi)”.

Ill on the journey, my dream takes off runs around withered fields.

Bashō was a wandering poet. He loved to travel, and wrote many of his haiku during his journeys. I’m also a person who has been obsessed with wanderlust, and have admired his haiku since my youth. His work “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” has been a great influence on me, so I decided to make my photo story in homage to Bashō’s famous travelogue.
Bashō set off on his Deep North journey in the middle of his 40’s, and I began to shoot this series at the age of 46. With these photographs I want to portray a middle-aged man’s passion for life, traveling and solitude, like Bashō’s artwork.
(The haiku translation was kindly provided by Mr. Peter MacMillan)