Michael Kenna in Japan

With the absence of figures in his photographs, Kenna looks for interesting compositions and arrangements within the natural landscape. He is drawn to certain times of day and night, preferring to photograph in the mist, rain and snow, but clear blue sky and sunshine do now inspire him. He also only photographs his work in black and white, as he believes that, “black and white is immediately more mysterious because we see in colour all the time. It is quieter than colour.”

This image is of Hokkaido, Japan, one of his favourite places to photograph – he has returned here many times to re-photograph his favourite vistas – each time he discovers something new and inspiring.

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