copyright 1999 by Mikkel Aaland
|These photographic images were created using a style of photography I call "sumi-e photography", a style based on the gestural black-ink brush drawings of the Japanese. Instead of using a brush and black ink, I waved or shook a 35 mm camera at slow shutter speeds mostly in front of boats, stones, trees and sand, leaving the results largely to chance. The images are accompanied with text from the I Ching, the ancient book of Eastern wisdom. These images were created to illustrate the text for my book, The Sword of Heaven.