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Yamagata, Japan

光禅寺(山形県山形市鉄砲町)

Kozen-Ji was established in 1602, the very beginning of Edo-Era. The temple was burnt down during Meiji-era. You can see the Torii gate made of stone. Torii gate usually accompanies the Shinto shrines and the most popular color for it is vermilion red. “My shirt is wet, not from the rain, but from the sweat of my body, filled with a tenseness that seems inconsistent with the peaceful feeling that surrounds me. Forms have become compositions, and pieces of the ‘puzzle’ have become relationships; it has finally become a picture. It crosses my mind that no one will ever know what it is like to be out here, at this moment, making this photograph, surrounded by these sights, sounds and smells, and how fortunate I am to know this for myself.”

- William Corey