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© Lynn E. Harvey
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UploadedOctober 2, 2014
TakenFebruary 27, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D3000
Exposure1/320 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length150 mm
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About The Exhibition
Motoi Yamamoto is an internationally renowned artist who calls his native Japan home. Motoi is known for working with salt, often in the form of temporary, intricate, large-scale installations. Salt, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, is used in funeral rituals and by sumo wrestlers before matches. It is frequently placed in small piles at the entrance to restaurants and other businesses to ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones. Motoi forged a connection to the substance while mourning the death of his sister, at the age of twenty-four, from brain cancer, and began to create art out of salt in an effort to preserve his memories of her. His art radiates an intense beauty and tranquility, but also conveys something ineffable, painful, and endless.

27 responses

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    nice shot.....

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Rockin' JPG's Appetite for Action!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Absolutely perfect for the theme....precision with salt!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Beautiful and perfect entry....You have my vote!!!

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Superbly stated and photographed

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    Great! My vote!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    this is awesome! thanks for sharing this tradition with us. i'd never heard of this.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (2 Oct 2014):

    masterfully photographed and narrated

  • Mark Schaefer

    Mark Schaefer gave props (2 Oct 2014):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (3 Oct 2014):

    Wow, awesome, heartfelt and informative narrative and image.... This is the first I have heard of this tradition... Absolutely, VOTED !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Oct 2014):

    Rockin' JPG's Appetite for Action!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (3 Oct 2014):


  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (3 Oct 2014):

    a great theme image! voted!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (4 Oct 2014):

    Wonderful ! VOTED

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (6 Oct 2014):

    Precise - voted!

  • Claudia Ballestri

    Claudia Ballestri gave props (7 Oct 2014):

    great shot

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (8 Oct 2014):

    Unique to say the least. Well done (voted)

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (8 Oct 2014):

    Excellent entry!! Voted!

  • francisco Legrand

    francisco Legrand gave props (10 Oct 2014):

    cool shot ! voted!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (11 Oct 2014):

    An interesting story about the use of salt and now I 'get it' with what your photo was all about : ), Voted!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (13 Oct 2014):

    Perfect entry, Lynn!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Oct 2014):

    Fantastic, you have my vote!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (19 Oct 2014):

    Position of hands are indeed precise.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2014):

    Sorry I'd almost missed this. Talk about the perfect entry......love the POV.

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (25 Oct 2015):

    Nice. Thank you for the inspiring legend, Lynn!

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