After the Rain

by Chikara Umihara

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Artist Statement

 

Sometimes I become confused by the difficulties in directly verbalizing some kind of emotional resonance or experience. It seems our language is limited; it is more about describing and sharing a concept or idea. That's probably why the poet uses verse-to express certain things that cannot otherwise be expressed. And maybe that's why photography holds quite a similar quality to that of poetry. For this photo, I was standing in a downpour. Shortly thereafter the rain stopped, the lead-colored clouds were carried away and the lake restored its calmness again. Suddenly, the brightest sun showed up and its light glittered on the surface of the water. The dew on every plant began to evaporate, their scents carried away by the gentle breeze. I was in the midst of seasonal changes, summer enchantment.

 

Chikara Umihara

 

Chikara Umihara came to New York in 2006 to pursue his interest in photography. Formerly, he was a practitioner of martial arts for over 15 years. He earned his BA in literature from Waseda University in Tokyo, in 2000. He attended Review Santa Fe in New Mexico in 2010. He was a 2010 Hot Shot!, and he was selected for the Present Tense competition exhibition at Photo Center NW in Seattle as well as the new directions competition exhibition at wall space gallery in Santa Barbara and Seattle in 2011. Chikara was named the 2010 Hey, Hot Shot! Ne Plus Ultra, and is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery.

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