William fell in love with Japanese gardens because of the harmonious coexistence of the “man-made” and nature within them. Through his photography, William constantly strived to enhance such garden art by composing carefully, but also intuitively, in order to find the essence of each garden. This approach enables us to experience peace and tranquility. In the title of this image, “Iwanami,” comes from the sound of the river splashing against the rocks; and although there are no statues present in this composition, “Kannon” is the Buddhist deity of compassion, and the deep dark forest may invoke a feeling of sacredness. The reflections in the clear water of the garden pond suggest calm before the storm. The stepping stones in the foreground lead us into this picture and draw us into the mysterious dark world beyond the green forest.
Iwanami Kannon (Y-71)
From the The Gardens of Yamagata collection.
$495.00 – $5,890.00
Pv1 (9 x 24 in.), Pv2 (14 x 36 in.), Pv3 (20 x 48 in.), Pv4 (24 x 60 in.), Pv5 (28 x 72 in.), Pv6 (38 x 96 in.), Pv7 (48 x 120 in.)