“Transition” is the second drawing (just finished) from a source photo I took back in 2013. It is the transition; the half-light, between day and evening. As the natural light fades over Pontocho, so the artificial lights in that narrow lane pop on. I drew from a smaller section of the composition just a couple of weeks ago and called it “Love Story”.
This brings me to a chicken and egg story. Which came first? I originally thought there was a similarity in spirit between Kyoto and Paris when I did an early drawing of Pontocho back in 2006. I used to look at “Illuminating Dusk” on my wall and think of Paris.
From 2010 to 2014 I visited Paris several times and drew many Paris drawings which were sometimes out-of-focus and usually emphasizing quality of light. It was during this period when I visited Kyoto (March 2013). Because I had light and blurriness on my mind, I took deliberate out-of-focus photos of Kyoto urbanscapes during my stay.
Recently (late 2015) after the terrorist attacks took place in Paris, I looked at images of my French drawings and posted a blog about them. In light of the attacks, I was reminiscing about my time in that gorgeous city.
Revisiting the Paris drawings answered my what to draw next question last month. I found myself being irresistibly drawn to the set of blurry Kyoto urbanscapes I had taken in 2013.
Kyoto lights/Paris lights/Kyoto lights. “What goes around, comes around”. How often I quote that saying and how relevant it is to my art practice.
To have a look at some of my other out-of-focus drawings, I invite you to view the page “Subject 3: Lights and Blur” Among other things, there is a short explanation on how I take out-of-focus photos in case you would like to try taking your own. Also relevant to today’s post is Subject 1: Kyoto to Paris .