Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

Shinichi Maruyamu – Photographer & Visionary Artist

With the devastation of the Qld Floods fresh in our minds it may be hard to think of water as beautiful. This wild, untamed force that burst from the river banks and poured from the sky to wreak havoc. Then you see the work of Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyamu. With such skill and finesse he manages to capture the very aesthetic of simplicity, imperfection and elegance – it is the Zen serenity personified.

Water Sculpture by Shinichi Maruyamu Using high speed photography, with a strobe he throws liquid into the air and shoots the resulting shapes and forms. You suddenly realise just how much beauty you miss in that blink of an eye. I love that his photos capture the drips, sprays and splashes in that split second before they merge into a muddy puddle so just for that fleeting moment we see their true beauty.The Master at Work


Born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan his life as a photographer started by capturing the beautiful landscape that surrounded his home. After graduating he started work at Amana, one of the largest photographic agencies in the world. As he honed his skill he began to develop his own unique style.  In 2003 he moved to New York and began pushing the boundaries with his creation of the Kusho or “Writing in the Sky” series. Here he has taken the concept of Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and then disassembled the pieces using air instead of paper to “write”. I love that he has created his own version of the Enso symbol given that it represents an “expression of the moment” which is an idea at the very core of his work.

Enso symbolises enlightenment, strength, elegance as well as an "expression of the moment"

Kusho by Shinichi-Maruyama


Once your brush touches paper, you must finish the character, you have one chance. It can never be repeated or duplicated. You must commit your full attention and being to each stroke. Liquids, like ink, are elusive by nature. As sumi ink finds its own path through the paper grain, liquid finds its unique path as it moves through air.” – Shinichi Maruyama

Gardens by Shinichi Maruyamu


As a photographer my work is subconsciously influenced by the Japanese sense of beauty, which can be found in Wabi-Sabi, referring to the beauty of imperfection and understated elegance.” – Shinichi Maruyama