I took hundreds of photographs, waiting for the waves to crash on the rocks at just the right angle, with just the right force. This photograph evoked feelings of “The Great Wave” the famous woodblock print by by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai in his series Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji. It also made me think of the creation myth of Aphrodite, which unlike Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, was, by all accounts, a violent affair. Although Aphrodite can be broken down into “aphros” (foam) and “ditos” (risen), there is no direct etymological derivation. This did not stop the Greeks (Hesiod, specifically) from crafting a story of Aphrodite rising from the foam after a great battle between Cronus and Uranus, which would foreshadow the same father-son battle between Zeus and Cronus. In the whitewash, I can almost see Aphrodite throwing her hair back, casting off the spray as she nears the coastline. But then, I suppose that’s what you get when your two favorite subjects in school were Latin and Art History…
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One Reply to “Hokusai”
I love Hokusai and was fortunate to see his “Great Wave” on exhibit in Amsterdam. Love your photo as well. Another wonderful work. You need a show somewhere 👍❤️