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“Yugen” is a sense, a sight, a sound, that reveals -- for a brief moment -- the mystery behind the world. Yugen is the substance behind a haiku moment. The detail that makes you take a second look at a photograph or painting and holds your eye. It is an image that portrays “karumi” -- “a light beauty with subtlety, such as a shallow river over a sandy bed” (Basho).
Yugen photographs are digital “haiga” based on a style of Japanese painting and the aesthetics of haiku poetry. In haiga, poetry and imagery combine to reveal the mystery of simple, and hopefully profound, observations of the everyday world. In my Yugen prints, photographs combine with poetry, zenga, and washi textures to create meditative art for your home.