For those of you who are unfamiliar with her work, I would like to introduce you to Hiroko Muramatsu. Of all the photographers I know personally, I may admire her work the most. What I didn’t know until recently is that she is also a master flower arranger of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).
We learn from Sogetsu North America that:
Sogetsu ikebana is a three-dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container. Although it is based on Japanese tradition, Sogetsu is becoming recognized throughout the world as a sculptural form of art. It is a school that strives for a modern fresh style that evolves along with society. In particular, Sogetsu promotes an ikebana of no limits in which plant materials of any type are used to be displayed anywhere and in any circumstance. It is up to the aesthetic awareness of the individual ikebana arranger to compose the materials, choose their most beautiful aspects, order them, and endow them with a value or feeling transcending that which they had in nature. As people diverse from each other, the students of Sogetsu are encouraged to create sculptural compositions that are individualistic and imaginative.
Recently Hiroko produced several works that combine both her Sogetsu and photographic visions. Below is one of those images. The image below won first place in the 2012 Fremont CA Juried Photography exhibit, sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council.