Brooks Jensen Arts

Uchiwa-e: Shizen

The Fan Prints: Nature

In the fall of 2009, I traveled to Japan with an experiment in mind of making photographs for the uchiwa format. I now understand why this format suited the Japanese printmakers so well; everywhere I turned I found subjects ideally suited to the fan-shaped image.

Shizen (nature) is the third of the six “chapters” in this project that represent autumn in Japan. When most people think of Japan, the bright lights of Tokyo come to mind. But, Japan is a large country that traverses the same latitudes as Toronto in the north to Mexico City in the south. Nature abounds in every province. To the Japanese the nature of their homeland is sacred and the source of both the kami (gods) and the beauty is the core of their aesthetic that informs their artwork.

Shizen image

Folio of 10 prints

10-print folio of nature images

  • This folio is 8x10.5” and includes
  • 10 pigment-on-paper color prints, a
  • Title page, haiku page, text page, and colophon.
  • Folios are signed and numbered, but not limited.
  • The cover is made from an acid-free archival art paper – Gilbert Oxford 100# Cover. The warm tone of this paper perfectly matches the warmth of the prints. The self-closing cover is embossed with my name and logo. The die-cut opening displays the folio title.
  • The assembly uses only archival, acid-free materials to protect the life of the prints and pages inside.
  • Each folio is shipped in a sealed, ClearBags™ sleeve.

With each folio order, we’ll include at no charge the computer DVD The Making of the Uchiwa-e Series.

Each of the six folios in the Uchiwa-e series is being introduced for $95.

Order the Shizen folio online

iPad Monograph (PDF) Edition

iPad In December 2010, this PDF will be available as an iPad Monograph from the downloads page.

Six chapters containing all 60 images in the series. This free Acrobat PDF is a stand-alone, screen resolution (72dpi) e-book that serves a an ideal introduction to the project. Although it contains all the images, it does not have the audio or video that appears in the disc version.

Downloads page

Uchiwa-e PDF

The Making of the Uchiwa-e Series companion computer DVD

This expanded, companion disc includes multimedia PDFs with…

  • Audio comments on selected images
  • A video interview with Brooks Jensen
  • A special video recorded in Japan at one
    of the sites photographed in this project.
  • The LensWork Creative Labs tutorial on how to make non-quadrilateral photographic images, Beyond the Rectangle
The computer DVD disc also includes a special video training program published as part of the LensWork Creative Labs titled Beyond the Rectangle. In this video training program, Brooks takes you through a step-by-step video tutorial on how to create non-rectangular images like these uchiwa-shaped images. Using either Adobe InDesign™ or Adobe Photoshop™, you can explore non-rectangular images for your work once you see how it can be done with either of these two popular software programs.

The Making of the Uchiwa-e Series computer DVD disc will be included as a free bonus with all orders of one or more folios, or it can be purchased online for $15 (plus shipping & handling).

Uchiwa-e Disc