Mount Fuji – Japan’s Sacred Mountain. Vol.1. Clouds in the East – Maruyama Rindō Forest Road
Capturing Mount Fuji
For the photographer trying to capture images of Mount Fuji, the most important personal qualities are imagination and the ability to visualise how images may appear, based on variables such as where and when the photographs are taken. For this, an understanding of the various phenomena that affect photography is also required – starting with atmospheric conditions, geography, the position of the earth, sun and moon, as well as the way the angle and wavelength of the light affect colours. This understanding can then fuel the photographer’s own powers of imagination. There is still an element of trial and error though, and even with all this knowledge, it takes a lot of photos to get a few good shots.
Maruyama Gaku’s life took a sudden turn when he was struck down by a life-threatening heart condition in 2003. He survived against all odds after a series of operations and credits his recovery in part to a sense of hope he gained from looking at images of Mount Fuji. He in turn began photographing Japan’s sacred mountain as part of his post-operative rehabilitation therapy, and now uses those images to help ease the hearts of gravely ill patients in hospitals.
Judy Evans is a high school teacher of English and Japanese, and a Japanese-English translator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Art History and has studied production horticulture and landscape design. Judy has a keen interest in the internet environment and has administered websites for a number of organisations. She lives on a small farm in rural New Zealand and is a frequent visitor to Japan.