Yesterday I chatted with David Williams. He is easy to talk to. He is thoughtful in what he thinks and what he says. His work is thoughtful.
“David Williams has recently travelled in Japan where he has photographed trees and garden spaces within the ancient Buddhist temples. The resulting series of photographs ‘one taste (n)ever changing’ delivers a meditation on nature, time and change, that evokes the esoteric koans of Buddhist teaching.”
[Maybe it would be an idea to find out what esoteric koans of Buddhist teaching are?]
“The trunk forms an axis for the drama of light and shade that unfolds through the series of triptychs. For, in this sequence, each photograph is taken at a different point in time and the passing sun reflects the dappled shadow of branch and leaf onto the garden wall of the temple. Williams has created these triptychs by isolating the sections of each image to the left and to the right of the tree trunk and reproducing these scenes as the flanking panels. But, in each case, the section that sits to the right of the trunk is reproduced as the left hand panel while the section to the left of the trunk is presented as the right hand panel. The linear progression, the sense of time unfolding, is made to turn back on itself so that present, past, and future become one ‘(n)ever-changing’ thing.”
-Tom Normand. Portfolio #39