On October 14th, 2014 at Kobe University’s 5th annual Brussels European Centre Symposium in Brussels, Belgium, entitled, Innovation, Environment and Globalization – Latest EU-Japan Research Collaboration, the first ever conference on Auquaphotomics took place and it was a huge success.
To commemorate the occasion and the advancement of science bringing us one step closer to understanding the natural world, Jackie & Partners organized the awards for the attendees of the event. Of course, water was the motif of the gifts.
The first item, inspired by the Aquaphotomics logo, Noriaki Etoh and Megumi Nishihara designed glass sculptures in the shape of a water droplet. Inside the clear glass is another “droplet” that gradates from sapphire blue to clear with a cracked ice effect. In the center is an “air bubble” and together all three states of water are represented, ice, liquid and vapour. Etched on top is the word Aquaphotomics amidst a graph of the water-light spectrum.
The second gift was four different photographs of water by Celine Wuprinted on washi (Japanese paper) made by Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure of Japan. Celine is a master at capturing the prefect contrasts between light and shadows and in this set of photos she manipulates the iridescence of light on water with her camera to preserve breathtaking moments in time.
Reflection on Water
Himeji Castle 3
Below is the information sheet about Celine Wu, Ichibei Iwano, and washi put together by Jackie & Partners to explain how water was intrinsic in every step of creating these prints.