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Yamagata, Japan


William loved to show the contrast in his composition. Here you can see the interesting contrast created by the vertical, white Birch tree trunks and the horizontal spreading of the red Azalea flowers. “It occurs to me that people pass by this spot every day; some have spent the labor of their lives working in it. The two ideographs used to denote ‘photograph’ in Japanese flash through my mind: shashin; to capture truth, to reproduce reality. This photograph will reproduce reality, and that, pure and simple, is what is so difficult, and perhaps contradictory. For if I do my work well, it will not merely copy reality, it will create one; invent a past, while capturing this fragment of the present. It is a mirror with a memory, of places that might become overlooked, or remembered differently.”

- William Corey