This photograph reminds me very much of a King Hu movie, I can just see the heroes of the story making their way up the steps as they escape from tyranny. Maybe it leads to a monastery, somewhere to feel safe, somewhere to meditate before they have to face their foes again. So for me everytime I see this photograph it will remind me of China…………or Japan.
Of course in reality, for those who would like to know where it really is, it is in the Lake District. Just below where I am standing as I took the photograph is Aira Force, a waterfall. It is very pretty but also very popular. It certainly wasn’t peaceful as I took the photograph as I was surrounded by noisy children.
For research purposes I took a trip to the Oriental museum at Durham. I was, literally, in seventh heaven. The displays were beautiful and so fascinating. And of course I couldn’t resist a little souvenir, a Japanese tea set to help get me in the zone for my new project. I am fascinated by the aesthetics of Japanese art. I am exploring the seven aesthetic principles of Zen philosophy and how to interpret them in the photographs I will be taking. Whether I achieve it I don’t know but it will be both an informative and spiritual journey I will be taking.