Nobushi Fuji'i

I have been an architecture photographer since early 70s, right after graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in architecture. While at U.C. I studied photography with William Garnett. First 25 years of my career was spent traveling globally, often solo with a large format camera equipments acting as an editor and a photographer for a then-fledgling, Tokyo-based, publishing House, Global Architecture for which I eventually helped launch a series of publications on Modern architecture. Around at the turn of the century I left GA and soon after I discovered digital photography.I was pleasantly surprized by what digital photography could do in color. So newly equiped, I turned my focus to the seasonal landscape of rural Vermont where I settled and started a family 20 some years prior to this transition.

With my Vermont images which I collectively call Exquisite Vermont I try to capture with my photography and reveal in my printmaking the hue, luminosity and translucency that are rich and subtly nuanced by the changing seasonal light of rural Vermont. I may be applying often inadvertently the esthetic sense of wabi, sabi, shibumi, and umami which I aquired in my formative years I spent in the mountains of Nagano, Japan.

Sources of inspiration for my Vermont images include the works of ancient Japanese masters like Hokusai, Hiroshige and Ko-etsu to which I had been exposed since early childhood. The most influential was that of 17th C. haiku master Basho, best known for The Narrow Road To The Interior, a travelogue peppered with haiku. I appreciated the clarity and the brevity of haiku with which Basho masterly, often with wits, illustrated the journal (like photographs do today). Basho traveled through the area of Nagano in 1690 about 250 years prior to my being there. I titled the first series of Vermont images, Exquisite Vermont: Back Road To A Hidden Valley in homage to Basho. I am currently working on a series in triptychs titled Haiku Triptychs: Vermont Exquisitely Seasoned.