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Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi Captures a Tradition of Recovery

By: Meghan Young - Published: Jan 10, 2014 • References: rinkokawauchi and itsnicethat
Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi, a photographer born in Shiga, Japan, and based in Tokyo, is a photo series that revolves around the traditional style of yakihata, which refers to controlled-burn farming. A part of cultivation and recovery spanning generations, it explores many concepts. As It's Nice That perfectly puts it, "Placing these images alongside photographs of distant constellations, religious ceremonies and tiny human figures within vast rural landscapes, Kawauchi moves away from a deeply personal fixation with fleeting moments, instead contemplating the means by which we have traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory."

Meaning 'heaven and earth,' Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi does not lose touch on the photographer's signature style that involves nuanced, lushly colored images. It simply showcases them in a different yet still mesmerizing way.