Back when I first moved to Japan, I lived in a quiet neighborhood in an area called Nerima in western Tokyo. About a block from my apartment was a park that consisted entirely of a bamboo grove with a simple path through it. It wasn't very big, roughly square and only about 30m/100ft on a side. Still, I spent time there nearly every day, especially at night.
In the early hours of the morning, when I was often out walking in lieu of sleeping, this park was a regular stop. In the springtime, when new bamboo shoots were rocketing up at a half a meter per day, the new stalks were alien-looking spears, not yet bearing their branches and leaves.
In the spring of 2017, a couple years after my grandmother died, I was in the grove, looking at these new stalks and thinking of her, thinking about the cycles of life and the value of new growth. The bamboo silhouetted against the dim sky of low clouds suddenly seemed of particular importance, and this photograph was the result.
Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in 2017 in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan.
Image size is about 7x9 inches (18x23cm), printed on high-quality 8x10 inch (20x25cm) Hahnemühle photo gloss baryta paper using archival inks. This print is part of a project in which I will release a new print in an open edition every month.
I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get closer. You have to get closer to them to examine their contents. This is something I value as both an artist and a collector of art.
Prints ship from San Antonio, Texas, in the United States.