How you can get influenced by an artist from the 15th Century!!



Its important for your artistic development that you continue to learn different techniques and styles in landscape photography.

Having watched the television program on Hasegawa Tohaku, a 16th century artist, I knew I had to try and use some of his techniques in the production of my imagery.

Wikipedia states...

Tōhaku started his artistic career as a painter of Buddhist paintings in his home province of Noto. By the age of 20 he was a professional painter, and by his thirties he had moved to Kyoto to study under the prestigious Kanō school, then headed by Kanō Shōei. The Kanō school was well known at the time for their large bold paintings that decorated the castle walls of many a wealthy warlord patron. These were often ink on white paper or gold-leaf decorative wall panels that served a dual purpose of reflecting light around the dim castle rooms as well as flaunting the castle owner's abundant wealth to commission such extravagant pieces. Many of Tōhaku's earlier works are in the style of the Kanō school, such as his Maple, Chishaku-in painted in 1593.

Many other artists tried following in the style of Tohaku, which at this time a purely minimalist style, and artists in the West caught on in the 18th century. He was truly a pioneer in art design.


Ma (間)

Tohaku's style was minimalist and he used negative space or it has been described as a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space. It even has its' own name Ma!

I now look to find this space in my pictures. smiley