MOUNT FUJI SEEN FROM THE MARSHES OF KASHIWABARA in OLD JAPAN 柏原
In a way, the above old hand-tinted photo by T. ENAMI is a re-post. But then again, it is not.
I already posted a scan of a different print made from the same negative as the above, found in Volume 1 of Brinkley's 1897 JAPAN - DESCRIBED AND ILLUSTRATED BY THE JAPANESE.
You can see it here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2723925755/
However, the above hand-tinted version, which came out of an equally-old 1890s T. Enami Album found in a used book store in New England shows something not seen on the other print, nor those by other studios and photographers of the time --- the purple light imparted to the slopes of Fuji during the fleeting moments of the occasional fiery sunrise or sunset in Japan.
The lip of Fuji's crater is about 15 miles (24 km) from Enami's camera.
Only days after posting the above image, which I just mentioned looks purple to me, I was linked to this great blog-spot by another flickr member, Captain Interesting, where the writer of a hair-raising, 1923 narritive describes looking up to see a ".....purple Fuji...." !
Read the amazing story here, which is illustrated with a few pix from my MT. FUJI flickr set.
Actually, Enami's studio colorist was is giving a realistic hint of what is usually called "Red Fuji", or Aka Fuji.
This light has been captured in varying degrees by Japanese artists over the years. Here is an extreme example by one by the great artist Hokusai : commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Red_Fuji_southern_wind_cl...
Here's another : www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/fuji.htm
As for the above photo (image number 310 by T. Enami, taken ca.1892-96), another Website erroneously attributes it to the great Japanese photographer KIMBEI KUSAKABE --- a mistake the younger Enami would probably not have minded !
Here are the few Fuji from Kashiwabara T. Enami images on my photostream seen together :
For a few more samples of T. Enami's images of Mt. Fuji see : www.flickr.com/search/?q=Fuji+Enami&w=24443965@N08&am...
For more on Enami's life and times, see : www.t-enami.org/
For a broader collection of his old Japanese photography see : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...
Similar images were sought out by other commercial photographers like KIMBEI and TAMAMURA, who came to this general location --- and nearly the same spot --- hoping to catch a clear view Mt. Fuji with a picturesque boat or sailing skiff in the foreground.
PRESENT DAY KASHIBAWARA
The lip of Fuji's crater is about 15 miles (24 km) from Enami's camera. KASHIWABARA is now a part of FUJI CITY in Shizuoka Prefecture 静岡県 . Today, the Shinkansen Bullet Train runs across the scene at the base of the nearer mountain slope. The natural wetlands in front of you have been largely converted into farmlands with scattered clumps of housing --- waterways remain, but they have been moved, straightened out, and formed into canals. About where you are standing runs an expressway, and the Tokaido Line of the Japan Railway System. Toyota Dealers, Gas Stations, and Convenience Stores are just off frame on both sides of the scene.
RED FUJI TODAY : While my post above shows the effects of sunset just beginning to touch the mountain, here's a modern day image where the full effect is caught from a different angle as darkness truly settles in : www.flickr.com/photos/taka005x/5598175722/
A Flickr Collection of Enami's work is found here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...
RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/