I started Impermanence several years ago and continue to work with this series. Without specifically addressing my Japanese heritage, these images are informed by Japanese art and ideas: haiku, Buddhism, and Ikebana.
I have long been inspired by poetry, in general, and haiku, in particular. These short poems are often about nature, and alone, witnessing what takes place is enough. However, they will often also address, either outright or implied, how those small things reflect and relate to larger themes such as aging, change, life, death, loneliness, or hope.
There is a surface quietness and simplicity to these images, like there is with haiku, but similarly, they speak to the impermanence and change of our experience. As the Buddhist teaching of impermanence discusses, even in the observation of a thing, it is changing. Even in the making of these photographs, the pond is changing, the leaves are changing, the ice is changing, I am changing.
Technically, I seek to keep the images focused on basic elements of line, light, shadow, and rhythm. Many images have an asymmetrical quality and empty space which draws from certain concepts in the Japanese art of flower arranging called Ikebana.
Suz has a B.A. in art (photography) and theatre(performance.) She works primarily as a photographer and post-production editor. She shoots portraiture, events, and commercial work. In addition, she works on artistic projects in photography, mixed-media collage, and poetry. She also works as an actor, most frequently in The Shakespeare Band.
Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer living in Cincinnati.