FIELD REPORT IN NIIGATA – Hints we learn from nature for Iwagumi – Part2

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Dynamism in a scenery with rocks 

A flow seen with rocks on seashores can be felt through tilts of the rocks and their connections (directions). For river rocks, its directions are determined by mainly water flow. But for rocks on seashores, they are impacted by crustal deformations such as an elevation and a subsidence of seabed, a geologic fold or fault. And with erosion caused by waves, a rock and other rocks around it create a flow together. For that reason, scenery with rocks on seashores is dynamic, and an Iwagumi layout learned from it also becomes powerful. Although tilting a main stone for showing instability is effective in order to express its dynamic force, there is a way to show shadows as a technique to emphasize the main stone’s tilt. And to express perspective by Iwagumi, an arrangement method of placing relatively large stones in the front and smaller ones in the back is effective. These techniques can be learned from seashore scenery.
Imakawa, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture
Learn a visual performance of light and shadow that change depending on angles of stones

Rocks which are the subject of this scenery enhance its presence becoming more powerful and flowy by its inclinations and shadows. The way lights hit significantly changes an impression of rocks.

Learn depth and perspective from stone arrangements in nature

By shooting from a place where large rocks in the front and small rocks in the back can be seen with wide angle lens, perspective can be effectively expressed. It is applicable to aquascape productions.
As Amano occasionally mentioned, there are so many things we can learn from photoshooting scenery.
Learn a hint for Iwagumi from sceneries of rivers

A limpid stream flowing Uonuma region, Uono River. One of its tributaries, Mizuna-shi River is a river where Amano’s favorite river stones for layouts, Hakkai stones are produced. A torrent clearly shows a flow and directions of stones unlike oceans. Because a river flows from upstream to downstream, and anyone can see the water flow. But the intensity of the flow and its directions actually complicatedly change, and directions and inclinations of stones are inconsistent as well. That is the hint when creating an Iwagumi layout using river rocks.
Minami Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture
Learn a flow of water and a planting expression

Mizunashi River flows through mountains. Around such a torrent, so many hints for Iwagumi can be found everywhere. Scenic photographs taken by cutting out nature is useful to find those hints.
In an Iwagumi layout, a flow of water can be expressed by not only stone arrangements but also planting. To do so, a continuity and rhythms become important.
Learn an expression of water flow by tilted stones

Directions of stones change depending on flows of water, and if the flow of water changes, impacts on other stones will change as well. A flow of water and inclinations of stones are not consistent.