Masafumi Maita seeks to produce an image of water that is close to our perception of it.
The three series of photographs surrounding the central piece reveal the limits of photographic representation of water. At rest, water is only visible as a reflection on its surface. In the first photo of the “Ronds dans l’eau sur reflets de feuillages” series, the water is barely perceptible: all we can see is the foliage reflecting off it (allowing us to deflect it).
Masafumi Maita’s work is designed to reactivate our multiple perceptions of moving water. It is closer to our experience of this liquid than photography (an image that merely reflects its surface).
Text: Christian Weidmann 1988