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Six Persimmons After Muxi
Six Persimmons After Muxi
Digital Pinhole Photograph
January 01, 2021

After Muxi Fachang's Song dynasty painting, Six Persimmons.

Persimmons always remind me of California, where they grow so abundantly. They also remind me of my father; he wanted to name me the Japanese word for Persimmon but it sounds ridiculous to English speakers. One thing my father and I have in common is our love for this fruit--the winter variety, fuyu-kaki.


The unripened fruit can be fermented to make a dye called kakishibu. This can be used to tone cyanotypes because it is high in tannic acid which binds with iron.

This image was made using a digital pinhole camera, natural light and a long exposure.