Bae Bien-U, Professor in Photography at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, is known for his meditative landscape photographs with an almost calligraphic quality. The new series presented in this book entitled Windscape (Hatje Cantz, ISBN 978-3-7757-3497-4, $56), which has been created over the past twenty years, features landscapes in motion. Trees and grass bend in the wind, steep crags, cliffs, and rocks shaped by water lie enveloped in sea spray and fog in the surf; the horizon line fades into the white-gray of the sky.
Punggyeong, the Korean word for landscape—also used in China and Japan—is made up of the words “wind” and “scenery.” The poetic neologism windscape is a literal translation of this term, which is associated with the same levels of meaning throughout East Asia. It is closely tied to ether, the traditional cosmological notion of a quintessence that permeates all living things. ❚