Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ONTOSHIKI: One Artist You Should Watch

"Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts." - Walker Evans

Nothing sums up Ontoshiki better than this.

One of the advantages of living in Tokyo is that it has given me the opportunity to meet a wide range of extremely talented artists and wonderful souls.

Ontoshiki (otherwise known as Justin Vun) is one of them: an Australian photographer, a talented professional, an artist, a visual sensualist and a gifted storyteller. All this informs his photography and is easily read in his work.

There is a stream of consciousness narrative in his work that as he puts it, "spans both Eastern and Western cultures and philosophies".

Anyone who appreciates fine photography HAS to follow Ontoshiki. He did me the great favor by coordinating photo session for my other vocation within Chinese martial arts. (Please see Ki Martial Arts Studio). I found it so amazing Ontoshiki articulated many of the fine aspects of my martial art, going beyond words and conventional demonstration with his visual voice.

I am truly in awe of his work and his ability to see. His work is inspirational. Plain and simple. I am honored that I can call him a friend. Please view more of his work at : Ontoshiki Photography.

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