William took this unusual vertical image of the stone pathway at Koto-in, a sub-temple in Daitoku-ji, by looking back towards the temple’s entrance, which is just out of view to the left. The railing prevents us from wandering off into the foliage and guides our way in and out of the temple. William composed this in a way that enables our eyes to follow the straight path without wandering off. The vanishing point is slightly above the center of this composition. If we carefully follow the railings, we soon notice that the pathway makes a sudden left turn at the end where the entrance gate is.
From the Spring Gardens in Kyoto collection.
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