Lost in Kyoto


Lost in Kyoto



The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world (Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei).

One of the recent works I’m concentrating on right now is the landscape of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. What fascinates me in Kyoto is the color filling the city. It is deep, rich and vibrant. And it changes constantly, thanks to aging in architecture and change of the seasons. The color of Kyoto tells us that everything is transient, almost like the current of the flowing river, as described by the hermit Kamo no Chomei 800 years ago. Everything never stays the same for long - that’s the key theme of this photo series.