With her ever-changing ways, it is unsurprising that the sea has existed as a central motif swirling throughout the elaborate novel of human life. Pulled, pushed, and tugged by the gravity of Earth’s faraway moon, the ceaseless rhythm of the sea’s fluid force rising, folding, and then collapsing again and again over jagged land has seduced the hearts of individuals from all walks of life – one of which being the twenty-first century Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. His black and white photography collection Seascapes depicts several different shots from around the world of the horizon line between the sea and the expansive sky.
The horizon line with its calm division silences the sea’s power. This may at first seem odd because the sea’s attraction is its overwhelming fluctuation. Yet, stolen by the lens and suspended by the shutter, Sugimoto has frozen sea rushes, snatching a second of time to stretch for eternity, and in the process, has revealed the sea’s subtle charm. By eternalizing a moment in time, Sugimoto has captured the perpetual characteristic that defines the sea: of all the four elements, the sea is the one that never directly succumbs to an end. Flames putter out as wood sticks diminish to ashes, winds choke to stillness when caught by sunshine, and earthly delights decompose. But the sea, in its cyclical fashion, does not end because she—much like the creation of human life — is not marked by a clear, definitive beginning: life and sea simply exist, as frank and as clear and as repetitive as that horizon line. The sea approaches with an expansive roar and recedes with a whisper – and she has been doing this all her life. Sugimoto’s Seascapes captures seas in mid-breath. These eternalized sea-sighs are perhaps the very essence of the act which is most required of wild, windswept souls who hungrily pursue serenity: simply – like you have been doing from the moment of your existence – breathe.
Pictures taken from http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/seascape.html
Written for Razz by Cherrie Kwok.