Good trees grow slowly, and those with strong resilience situated in good conditions can live for thousands of years. One cannot help but wonder, if these trees could talk, what would they tell us? As per Kenna: 'People ask me why I don't shoot any portraits, but i do of course... of trees'. The viewing pleasure of Kenna’s work is likewise connected to a change of pace, close focusing, and a meditation of sorts.
Slowness is a philosophy that carries through all that Michael Kenna does. For forty five years he has worked with film and still prefers it over digital methods. The journey to the right spot can take days and some of his exposures can take hours. As a master print maker, he still develops each of prints in his own darkroom.
As per Kenna: “I don’t need to be fast, I don’t need high definition, I don’t need to see the world in colour - that’s what we see all the time. I want my work to be mysterious, an interpretation, a catalyst for one’s imagination.
"Philosopher's Tree by Michael Kenna is a spiritual journey in mindfulness" – Tora Baker for Creative Boom.
This exhibition is generously featured by HoneyCombers, GOOOOD, Wall Street International, Blouin Art Info, Creative Boom
Limited edition prints and books will be available during the exhibition.
Venue: USAGI, 10 Shin Hing Street (off Hollywood Road), Central, Hong Kong
27 June 2018: Guardian: Timber! Michael Kenna's magical trees – in pictures
27-6-2018 Apple Daily:【顯影】Michael Kenna：樹木值得我們去尊重及珍惜