Beautiful Gardens in Kyoto
“I have been lucky enough to find something that has kept my interest for an awfully long time. There have been times of incredible frustration but never boredom. As an artist I was looking for material that would sustain my interest for a long period of time. In the gardens I found endless subject matter within clearly defined boundaries.”
“There have been times of incredible frustration but never boredom. I had this desire to go under the surface features of the gardens. I had hundreds if not thousands of combined impressions that demanded great detail and fidelity.”
“I looked through the viewing screen of an 8X10 camera and “saw” something deeper. With that large ground glass to look into there was less separation between what I saw in my head and what I saw on the screen. This helped to dramatically improve my compositions–and seeing better–I took more risks.”
“I can’t imagine photographing the gardens in b&w or with a smaller format camera.”
- William Corey
As you can tell from the quotes above, William saw the endless possibilities in capturing the beauty of the gardens in Kyoto. Each garden has its own unique character and style and capable of revealing the different features during the different seasons, so needless to say that the visitors with keen senses would never experience the boredom. Something may be sensed immediately and others gradually.
William began taking photograph of gardens in Kyoto during the mid-70’s. For over 30 years, the beautiful gardens in Kyoto had captivated his heart, and the mystery was gradually revealed to him requiring a larger sized camera to capture it.
Initially, he had used the 35 mm and the 4 x 5 format negatives, and then he started to employ and experiment with the 8×10 format negatives and finally moved onto using the 8×20 view camera. The large format view camera became the answer he had sought. It enabled William to finally capture the right composition he desired.