A new open-edition print every month.
An ongoing series with 12 new images every year.
Sprinkled all over in Japan, hokora are miniature shrine structures dedicated to minor kami (the spirits venerated in the Shinto religion). One often finds them in the vicinity of trees and rocks where kami are believed to dwell, among other places. If you watch out for them, you’ll find them just about everywhere.
This hokora sits at the base of a zelkova tree in a particularly quiet corner of Shakujii Park in Tokyo. It’s been a special place for me ever since moving to Japan, and I have spent countless hours there reading, writing, thinking, and wandering with a camera.
I don’t know how many times I visited this hokora before I figured out how I wanted to photograph it. Eventually, I settled on infrared film, which I rarely use but which gave exactly the effect I had hoped.
Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in November 2018 in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan.
The image size is 7×7 inches, printed on high-quality 8×10 inch Hahnemühle photo gloss baryta paper using archival inks. This print is part of a project in which I will release a new print in an open edition every month.
I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get closer. You have to get closer to them to examine their contents. This is something I value as both an artist and a collector of art.
Prints ship from San Antonio, Texas, in the United States.
About Dozen Editions
On the first day of each month, a new open-edition print is released in this series. 8×10” prints of B&W images from my personal archives. The images reflect my explorations and wanderings with the camera. They are special to me personally, and I want to share them with you.
Why choose this format? I like small prints and I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get close. You have to do so to examine their contents, and this changes your experience of and relationship with the work. This is something I value as both an artist and a lover of art.
The images are largely but not exclusively taken in Japan.
Dozen Editions are monochrome, printed on Hahnemühle baryta photo gloss paper with archival pigment inks. Orders are filled and shipped by a trusted partner in the United States. Each image is carefully prepared and proofed before release to ensure that my high standards of quality are met, to help ensure your satisfaction with your investment.
About Pricing and Availability
These are open-edition prints. What this means is that they are not limited in number, which allows me to make investing in original artwork more accessible to a wider range of patrons.
Prints are priced at a reduced rate for the first month, then revert to the standard price thereafter.