Rice Fields in Winter

A selection of black and white designs created by nature in the dormant rice fields of rural Japan. As the winter snow and ice partially melts on sunny days, stubble and puddles add their features to the patterns.
By November in Nagano, Japan, the temperatures drop dramatically and from January onwards, the abundant, small rice fields are subjected to a cycle of ice and thaws as the snow piles up and recedes. Colour desserts the scenery and neutral whites, blacks and pale beige dominate proffering an invitation for black and white photography. Using a square format film camera, this portfolio explores the montage: patterns created by the black, frozen furrows and puddles as they emerged from the melting, white blankets of snow. For an exapanded version of my comments, click on the word link.
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