Sinichi Maruyama | Whirling Dervish and Water Works
In Shinchi Maruyama’s photographs, handfuls of water tossed into the air become flowerbeds or perfect cylinders. An amalgam of sculpture, performance, and photography, Mauyama’s work reveals how much beauty can occur in the blink of an eye.
This is from an interview and post from the folks over at Design Boom: ” I know something fantastic is happening, a decisive moment, but I can’t fully understand the event until I look at these images.”Maruyama has been involved in many worldwide advertising campaigns,utilizing his expertise in ice, liquid/splash, and specializing in movement in his works. Years of lighting research and the advancement of retouching have made it easier to have a strong idea of exactly how a photo will look even before the shoot begins.however in photographing liquid and subjects in movement, it is impossible to foresee what the end result will be, and it is this spontaneity that enables maruyama to havemore fun creating his work.kusho, the japanese word for writing in the sky’ features ten large-scale photographsthat represent the midair interplay of black india ink and water. the phenomenon thatmaruyama captures-two liquids colliding the millisecond before they merge into gray- is the result of various actions and devices. the resulting images, which appear to be more painting than photograph, literally deconstruct the material elements of ink drawing and calligraphy, allowing the viewer to see in extraordinary detail chemical and physical processes invisible to the naked eye. the split-second timing necessary to photographthese pictures is made possible by recent advances in strobe light technology, allowing the artist to capture phenomena to within 7,500th of a second.”
Shinchi Maruyama was born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan. After graduating from Chiba University in 1991, majoring in film and photography, Maruyama began taking photos for his personal project “Into the Spiti Valley,” a documentary work about Tibetan culture in India. The exhibition opened in 2001 along with the publication of two books, Into the Spiti Valley and Spiti. Maruyama moved to New York in 2003 where he created his two latest series, “Nihonga” and “Kusho.” He now resides in New York.