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Shinichi Maruyama

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

From writing in the sky to sculpting from liquid motion, photography has always been a part of Shinichi Maruyama’s life. Born in 1968 in Nagano Japan, he started photographing the mountainous terrain surrounding his own home city.

Writing in the sky

At Chiba University, Shinichi Maruyama majored in image engineering where he studied emulsion and learned to hone his passion for photography. After graduating, he began his professional career in 1992 at Amana Japan, one of the largest commercial photographic agencies in the world. Access to the latest equipment and unlimited use of film development labs, allowed him to build a massive repertoire of commercial images.

From 1994 onward, he spent 4 years as a freelance photographer, developing his own unique style, and beginning his documentary photographic studies of Tibet. He would go on to work for Hakuhodo Photo Creative in 1998, producing innovating advertising campaigns, and with access to their latest high-speed strobe equipment, began to develop a fascination for liquid and motion imagery.

Writing in the sky

Upon leaving Hakuhodo, Shinichi began a deeply introspective, artistic period. He travelled frequently to Tibet, to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti.

In 2003 he moved to New York City and began work on what would become his ‘Kusho’ series. It is a stunning abstract collection made with sumi calligraphy ink flying in mid-air. The images saw much success and positive review in Paris Photo, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the New York Armory Show and led him hold a show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.

At present, Shinichi Maruyama continues to work on and produce new artwork in New York.

Shinichi Maruyama

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Japan – Heartbeats of Time

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Music, Nature, Photography


Interesting compilation by Trey Ratcliff.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the way memory and sight work together. I don’t think we remember in “pictures” or long videos… but something in between. Perhaps we also sense, at times, more than 30 fps, and unexpected parts of the brain fire when we are presented with certain objects and forms.

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Uniqlock: music, dance and clock

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media

Uniqlock

Season 6 is out now. I watched these excellent clips a year ago and was completely blown away. Despite dance being quantum physics to me I think dancers’ synchronization in these clips with music, time and tempo is brilliant. The genius behind this campaign for a clothing retailer is out of box to raise brand awareness.

Uniqlock

Uniqlock

Uniqlo (UNIQue CLOthes), Japan’s leading clothing retail chain, came into world’s attention with its innovative online and integrated campaigns attracting millions worldwide. Produced by Projector Japan, Uniqlock is combination of music, dance and clock in a downloadable screensaver format and blog widget. In Projector’s words:

UNIQLO was seeking an innovative way to build its brand awareness internationally, and promote its business expansion into the global market. We recognized the 70 million blogs worldwide as a powerful buzz-building media, and created a functional and entertaining blog widget for the bloggers to spread the brand globally. The campaign concept we developed was the fusion of a CLOCK which functions as a blog utility, time signaling MUSIC, and DANCE performance videos with UNIQLO clothing. We named it UNIQLOCK. As a 100% UNIQLO branded widget, this automatically became a tool to connect UNIQLO and the world’s bloggers.

Despite the campaign becoming more rhythmic and animated, Season 1 is till my favourite. You can visit the whole archive here.

Time lapse sunrise!

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Nature, Photography, Poetry

I haven’t seen anything so beautiful and breathtaking than this … it’s so poetic – is it really real? It is nature’s poetry at unimaginable scale! View these clips full screen where possible.

You can view the whole compilation below including ‘Time Lapse Milky Way at Hakuba Lake’ and ‘Sunrise and Milky Way Rising at Kirigamine’ by mockmoon.