“After visiting Japan during the 70’s and 80’s, and after the disappointment to see that even regional cities had been developed to the point where they all resembled a mini-Tokyo, Gerry Johansson (b. 1945, Swedish) decided to focus his creative energy on capturing the environment surrounding the Japanese people, as opposed to the people themselves. He chose not to merely record the bustling modern development of Ehime Prefecture, the core of Shikoku, but to also capture the exceptional natural beauty of the region. He took his camera to the rocks and mountain streams of the Nametoko Valley, deep inside forests teeming with the energy of life, and to the waters of the Seto Inland Sea. The book is divided into three chapters, according to the book’s title. Photographs taken in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, September and October 1999.”
Johansson’s sensitive approach to form and texture works in perfect harmony with the pared back simplicity of the Japanese cultural personality. There is a calming silence to the work, devoid of humans but for their footprint, Johansson’s signature removal of humans plays nicely in these images, a duel between man and nature. Beautifully presented with paperboard slipcase and a nod to the land of good ramen reading left to right, this is yet another noteworthy addition to this mans amazing output.
Tree Stone Water is available now though Swedish publishing house Libraryman.