Maruyama’s career in photography began in his native Japan. Born in Nagano, in 1968, Maruyama recorded images of this wondrous mountain region. Later he joined Hakuhodo Photo Creative, an advertising company, where he honed his skills. In 2001, Maruyama published two books, The Spiti Valley and Spiti, both dedicated to documenting life in Tibet. This direction shifted his creative interests from the material to the spiritual, fueled by his ability to harness new technological developments.

Maruyama has been involved in many worldwide advertising campaigns, utilizing his expertise in ice, liquid/splash, and specializing in movement in his works. Years of lighting research and the advancement of retouching have made it easier to have a strong idea of exactly how a photo will look even before the shoot begins. However in photographing liquid and subjects in movement, it is impossible to foresee what the end result will be, and it is this spontaneity that enables Murayama to have more fun creating his work. Specializing in splashing and energetic movements within shots, Shinichi Maruyama’s work is subconsciously influenced by a Japanese sense of beauty. For me Murayama’s work resembles an almost modern day sumi-e artwork.

The works, which are so impressive, are reliant on leading technologies capable of capturing this phenomenon at a 7,500th of a second. Maruyama takes full advantage of a recent advancement in strobe light technology, which can record physical events faster than the naked eye can perceive them.

Above all, Maruyama’s photographs are about taking risks, risks in using the ink and water, risks with photographic techniques, and risks with a new approach to art. It is encouraging to see that taking risks can be a beautiful thing. Murayama’s work was a direct influence upon me wanting to develop the techniques I had been experimenting with, pushing myself to ambitiously create a stop motion video, the techniques in which I have no experience.

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