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Monday, 3 February 2014

In praise of light and shadows...

Tanizaki Junichiro would be proud of me.

"And yet, when we gaze into the darkness that gathers behind the crossbeam, around the flower vase, beneath the shelves, though we know perfectly well it is mere shadow, we are overcome with the feeling that in this small corner of the atmosphere there reigns complete and utter silence; that here in the darkness immutable tranquility holds sway.”

One of the beautiful things about getting in early is that the lighting is not properly set up. This means that the conditions for photography are poor, but you get some interesting moments of calm and shadow.

From attractive young ladies to pretentious pictures in less than a week. Rock on.



  1. Confirmation of why this is my fave blog!


  2. Bonsai's very own Bill Brandt. Crop out the pot in the first pic and it's pretty impressive!

  3. You are spoiling us Ted :-)

  4. Excellent post Peter! Thanks for bringing unique perspectives to the nuance of bonsai display. The importance of light and shadow should never be overlooked in any effective artistic composition!

  5. wow ! esoteric or what ?? re your final comment , I know which I preferred , stopped drooling now though !

  6. I thought I was the only one who read In Praise of Shadows"! That was the first book I read when I became interested in bonsai.....please do not feel obligated to post photos and site passages about bathrooms. Thanks Peter!