The pale pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is the delicate, ephemeral herald of spring in Japan. Outings to parks to stroll and picnic under blooming cherry trees and to reflect on the fleeting character of life as petals fall are especially popular with residents of the country’s heavily built-up cities.
Opening on February 9 with a free reception in our art gallery is “Sakura: Photography by Mark Taylor.” Departing from the usual idyllic portrayals of cherry blossom season, it contrasts the fragility of flowers with the hard edge of Japan’s urban jungle.
Captured in these images is the tension and opposition visible in the sight of nature blooming amid a dense visual grid of buildings, power lines, freeways, signs, and commuter trains. Attend the reception from 5 to 7 pm to meet Taylor and to learn why he was inspired to use the hardscape of cities as the strong graphic background to cherry blossom time.
“Sakura” runs until May 4, and all photographs in the show are for sale.