Tokusho-Ji temple, Japan - photographs by Michel Delsol
Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan - photographs by Michel Delsol "I would start the first photograph between 4 and 5 a.m., and except for the music of the raindrops, the Temple was still in human and urban silence..." 
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Tokusho Temple, Japan – photographs by Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan - the Hallway on the ground floor, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

Tokusho Temple, Japan – photographs by Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji temple, Japan – photographs by Michel Delsol

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing Michel Delsol’s Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan, series of images on his Instagram page (@micheldelsol). The sense of calm and tranquility that Delsol’s images invoke is a glaring reminder of how little time we allow ourselves to be truly still and to, perhaps, reflect on life. 

“I would start the first photograph between 4 and 5 a.m. And, except for the music of the raindrops, the Temple was still in human and urban silence…” 

Tokusho-Ji is a Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan. Tokusho-Ji is located on a quiet street right off Kyoto’s business center. Built on a sacred site, it is oriented so that the light may join the spirit.

 

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan - Small flower arrangement in Ceremony room, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan – Small flower arrangement in Ceremony room, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

 

“In the year 2010 during the rainy season and for the seven days leading to the summer solstice. My wife and I were guests at Tokusho-Ji, while I did a series of portraits of this Temple. The days were long, the light was soft…and dark and secret at times…” Michel Delsol 

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan - Teahouse, view from the 2nd floor balcony, Kyoto, Japanan ©Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan – Teahouse, view from the 2nd-floor balcony, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

 

The Ceremony room, the Tearoom, the formal dining and reception rooms are located on the ground floor, while the private quarters of the Monk, his wife, and their two children are on the second floor.

Tokusho Temple, Japan – photographs by Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan - a cat sits in the South garden, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan – a cat sits in the South garden, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

 

 

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan -the hallway on the ground floor, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

Tokusho-Ji Temple, Japan – the hallway on the ground floor, Kyoto, Japan ©Michel Delsol

“At 7:00 a.m., I would leave the Temple and walk a block away to be at the local Expresso bar when it opened. Once that I had a cup of coffee in my hand, I returned to photograph the exterior of the building, such as the stone steps leading to the front wooden door and its long front wall. At 8:00 a.m., I would join our hosts for breakfast…” read the complete artist statement

 

We are extremely honored, here at the Helen Jones-Florio online gallery, to have Michel Delsol beautiful photography prints. Check out both of his galleries. And, for all print sale queries, please go to ‘Print Orders‘ or ‘Contact Us‘, directly.

Delsol, Paris born, NYC-based portrait and fine art photographer. His recently released photo portrait book: ‘Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan

#1 Mustang Los Angeles 1986 © Michel Delsol. Vintage black and white Polaroid framed print, convertible car

#1 1963 Mustang Los Angeles © Michel Delsol

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