Sprinkled all over in Japan, hokora are miniature shrine structures dedicated to minor kami (the spirits venerated in the Shinto religion). One often finds them in the vicinity of trees and rocks where kami are believed to dwell, among other places. If you watch out for them, you'll find them just about everywhere.
This hokora sits at the base of a zelkova tree in a particularly quiet corner of Shakujii Park in Tokyo. It's been a special place for me ever since moving to Japan, and I have spent countless hours there reading, writing, thinking, and wandering with a camera.
I don't know how many times I visited this hokora before I figured out how I wanted to photograph it. Eventually, I settled on infrared film, which I rarely use but which gave exactly the effect I had hoped.
Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in November 2018 in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan.
The image size is 7x7 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.