Touching Stone - A Journey of the Mind

Photography by Tim Wong

Calligraphy by Akiko Hirano

Quiet unpretentious beauty, the essence of Japanese aesthetic, is also an endearing quality of the American Southwest. Wong and Hirano explore a surprising aesthetic resonance between diverse ancient cultures and locales, through the mind's eye of a calligrapher (presented as a shrouded figure). The images are limited-edition full-frame silver-gelatin darkroom prints, accompanied by original calligraphy pieces written with hand-ground sumi ink on Japanese paper.  Enjoy the journey!

Touching Stone Calligraphy
Calligraphy inkstone
Transcendence 1

Touching Stone Journey calligraphy © Akiko Hirano

Against the inkstone

the ink stick grinds

setting free my mind

 

Rustling the bamboo leaves

a light breeze plays

in the twilight

 

A bird takes wings, leading me

on a pilgrimage

to a time long forgotten

 

An amber light glows

in the dark, illuminating

a new life emerging

 

Into the warmth of Mother Earth

the open arms of Father Sky

Across canyons and mesas

like waves

 

Atop the most sacred place

Sun Dagger finds its home

White and blue the dancers' sash

stained a brilliant crimson red

 

For a thousand years

in a circle of stone

the fiery drums

reverberate

 

Right and left

forth and back

the Kachinas dance

ne'er touching ground

 

Over the rock walls

their spirits soar

free at last

as clouds

 

Returning to earth

the Owner of Fire

transformed

into a gift of beauty

 

Tonight the wind still blows

the bamboo grove sways

My heart rejoins the inkstone

in perfect harmony

 

- Touching Stone Journey translated  © Akiko Hirano