botanical

PhotographerMasumi Shiohara
PrizeSilver in Nature / Other_N
Entry Description

There are many myths, legends and proverbs with fruits. In China, Buddha's hands (the fingered citron species, an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling a human hand), peaches and pomegranate are called "Fúshòusānduō (the three blessings of good fortune, abundance/ prosperity and longevity)" and are respected as the fruits of lucky omen. The "Buddha's hand" in the fruit, Buddha's hand, is said to enable the eater to grasp treasure. Having treasure signifies having happiness, the blessed state pronounced as "fóshǒu" in Chinese, (the homophobic sound of the name of the fruit, Buddha's hand). Take the homophonic sound of Foshou, symbolizing good fortune, take the effect of celestial peach symbolizing longevity; take the meaning of pomegranate’s plenty of seeds symbolizing abundance. These three fruits put together imply good fortune, prosperity as well good health and a long life. Apples, pears and prunes also have myths .

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.