The Delightful Mr F came home a few weeks ago and presented me with a beautiful copy of Seascapes, a collection of 220 photographs by the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto*.
Sugimoto travelled the world for over thirty years taking photographs of the sea. Every shot has exactly the same format, the horizon cutting straight across the middle of the photograph. The project developed when he asked himself "Can somebody today view a scene just as primitive man might have?”. To Sugimoto the obvious answer to that question was the sea. The seas and oceans are changing every second, but ultimately remain the same over many lifetimes.
As you move through the book, each shot is essentially the same, giving a rhythm which has a surprising wave like feel, as you ebb and flow through the different daytime and nighttime shots. Sometimes the horizon is harsh and other times soft, diffused by cloud or fog. Some are short exposures and others very long. Each photograph has a strange feeling of permanency as if each wave has been sculpted to remain there forever.
It is a beautiful, meditative collection.
The Delightful Mr F is truly delightful.