Kogen-ji (Y-70)

From the The Gardens of Yamagata collection.


Many have declared that this image of the garden at Kogen-ji truly represents what William was aiming to convey to viewers—enabling an awareness of tranquil and living stillness. Before bringing his camera, William always planned his composition, and chose the best angles after he had studied the gardens carefully. He might spend all day watching how the light changed or what kind of light would be most favorable for each garden. He also tried to feel the spirit of the original garden designers as well. In this way William was able to harmonize his artistic expression with the intention and vision of these artists. It is indeed the marriage of two different art forms: the art of photography and the Japanese garden. This image is very calming, and yet there are so many elements within it. You can discover something new each time you view this scene. Willam called it “Heaven on Earth” and it is one of his signature pieces.



P1 (24 x 9 in.), P2 (36 x 14 in.), P3 (48 x 20 in.), P4 (60 x 24 in.), P5 (72 x 28 in.), P6 (96 x 38 in.), P7 (120 x 48 in.)


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