PhotographerMasumi Shiohara
PrizeBronze in Book (series Only) / Fine Art
Entry Description

Nagano-ken is famous for the production of fruits in Japan. Furthermore, Shiojiri-shi is famous for production of wine. I work as a farming family in this city. And I photograph the fruit which I brought up by oneself. I got the grapes for wine from a winery. ('Cabernet Sauvignon' 'Kerner' 'Merlot')

About Photographer

I am an orchardist. I have endeavored to create an artistic record as a photograph of fruit that I have grown in its "most visually beautiful form prior to being harvested". My artwork is similar to "Botanical Art," seeking to depict both precision and a level of detail, combined with aesthetic beauty. Multiple fruits ripen in orchards. However, not all fruit can be considered an object of beauty, in terms of its shape or leaf distribution. Daily tending of plants which is done all year round, as well as weather conditions that change on a yearly basis result in annual variations in the final quality of products. The impetus for embarking on this style: This orchard provides materials to artists for the purpose of "Botanical Art". I came up with the concept of expressing "Botanical Art" through photographs which led to the creation of this artwork. Botanical art is said to have originated in an era when photographs were non-existent, beginning with graphic illustrations used in natural history and herbalism to distinguish between medicinal herbs. It was necessary to accurately depict the various characteristics of plants in order to distinguish between similar varieties of herbs. Herbalism evolved into botany and this led to the depiction of multiple plants as collections in botanical gardens. Eventually, these exquisitely depicted drawings and their beauty came to be treated as a form of artwork in its own right and this art form has been passed down in an unbroken line to the present generation.