KOICHIRO KURITA/BEYOND SPHERES
The Beyond Spheres Project seeks to transcend the borders of existing fine art photography by providing a visual interpretation of the unique philosophy and poems of Henry David Thoreau (1817-62). Thoreau's focus on a symbiotic relationship between human and nature suggests us to use our mind differently in order to live our lives fully:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" (Walden, 1854).
Thoreau alerts us that a constant conformity to society's constraints, its obligations and rewards, can deprive us of a more expansive and salubrious view of our humanity. It posits that in an awareness of our connectedness to nature, and therefore to each other, we encounter our humaneness and humanity to full potential.
Thoreau created a paradigm that benefits humanity. His writings provide an access to a new model of human understanding. A visual rendering of Thoreau's compelling verbal imagery may similarly reinvigorate the paradigm, as art has always preserved and promoted humanity's best qualities. In conclusion, in this time of global crises, unremitting violence, financial depredations and environmental devastation, Beyond Spheres Project may contribute to a much-needed renewed paradigm.