Mizu: Japanese Inspired Waterscapes, is an alternative digital photography series that was inspired by the iconic Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e, which translates to “the floating world”, was a 19th century woodblock print style that depicted contemporary life in Edo Japan. Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai’s landscape prints have been a major source of inspiration for this series.
In Mizu: Japanese Inspired Waterscapes, I wanted to incorporate the ukiyo-e style into present-day rural and urban Florida waterscapes. I focused on the concept of “the floating world” within my waterscapes. Intentionally, I would disrupt photographic perspective to create a flat style within my images. Once the photograph has been taken, I digitally alter the photograph by drawing on top of the image in a process known as rotoscoping. By drawing on top of a photograph, I am able to merge ukiyo-e style into a photograph.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Meredith Ramey was raised in Orange Park, Florida. Currently, she is pursuing her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Ramey’s photography ranges from documentary to mixed media approaches. Website: www.meredithrameyphotography.com Blog: www.blog.meredithrameyphotography.com