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Location: Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Catalog Number: 2164

Ever since first entering its gates and following its paths after moving here in 1979, Portland's Japanese Garden in Washington Park has been a valued source of inspiration for me, regardless of whether my camera is with me or not. I feel a strong affinity to the philosophies and aesthetics of the East. The Japanese Garden is a living marriage of philosophy and art. Its emphasis on harmony with nature, symbolism, constant change, balancing elements, simplicity and serenity are aspects that inform much of my work. "To empty and be full" is one of the greatest gifts of a visit to the garden. The tranquil state of a relaxed alertness that one can achieve in the Garden is something that I try to carry with me when I am photographing. In this instance, I was expecting the lace leaf Japanese maples to be in their full crimson glory only to find that most were already bereft of their leaves. I was left with this open mouth shape of the maple’s branching through which to photograph the garden. Perhaps "Jonah's View" could be an alternate title.

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