Arun Patel: The Beauty of Washi

Washi (wa = Japanese, shi = paper) is paper that uses local fibers such as Gampi, Mulberry (Kozo) or Mitsumata, is processed by hand, and made using traditional techniques. Its unique features are its varied texture, thickness, strength, soft translucency and absorbent qualities. In the late 1800s, 100,000 families were making washi; now, there are about 350 remaining.

Arun has developed a love for this paper, and also for Chinese & Japanese landscape paintings. Without the talent to paint, he uses the camera to compose minimalist images using the principles of Chinese landscape painting such as creating depth with layers, and the use of empty or negative space. Software is the paintbrush that allows him to express the emotion of the scene. Finally, matching each image to a particular washi paper, taking into account its texture, thickness, and absorbent qualities, allows him to fully manifest this emotion.

 

 

 

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