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Raoul Ries, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

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This project is inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s famous set of woodcut prints ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’. Several thoughts on Hokusai’s woodcuts informed the my approach. In most prints, Hokusai shows people pursuing a brief activity, which could be translated captures of moments, which photography is excellent at. The representation of time passing is more subtle. Hokusai uses symbols of seasons in each image and Mount Fuji’s presence in every image reminds us of even longer time scales. We are progressing from moments to seasons, to years, lives and eras. These were the ideas I had in mind when I...

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