Shoji screens are still found in many places in Japan. Covered in translucent washi paper, they allow light to pass through softly, illuminating interiors with a gentle glow. They are somewhat fragile, but not nearly as much as you might expect. In this way, the washi paper of the shoji is like the wings of the moth resting on it. Translucent, delicate, and beautiful.
I had spent a weekend in the mountains in Yamanashi prefecture, to the west of Tokyo. There to photograph a large cycling event, I had taken many thousands of pictures over the course of a few days, but it was when I was packing up, getting ready to leave that I made this, my favorite image of that trip.
Everyone else had already left the guest house, and it was tremendously quiet inside. I noticed the moth and made a few exposures, enjoying the peaceful simplicity of the moment and the setting alike. I then gently moved the moth outside before catching the bus back to Tokyo.
Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in the spring of 2018 in the mountains of Yamanashi prefecture, Japan.
The image size is about 6x9 inches, printed on high-quality 8x10 inch 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.