We live in three “spheres” of nature that co-exist in harmony. Each “sphere” corresponds to land, water, and air. Beyond Spheres is a photographic art project that explores the harmonious relationship between nature and humans.

What if Thoreau had been a photographer?

A photographic art project inspired by the writings of american writer, poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau.

In 2011, Japanese photographer Koichiro Kurita posed the question “What if Thoreau had been a photographer?” … And so began the “Beyond Spheres” project.

Kurita uses the classic handmade photographic technique - Calotype/paper negative process - which was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot and used at the time of Thoreau. Kurita‘s photographs convert Thoreau‘s ideas and writings into hauntingly beautiful pictorial interpretations.

By exploring Thoreau‘s view of nature and mankind, Kurita‘s hopes to promote a new harmonious and sustainable paradigm for the 21st century.

NEW! Support Phase Three

PHASE 3

The Concord-Merrimack Watershed

From September 2015 through 2016, Beyond Spheres will retrace portions of Thoreau's 1839 journey along the Concord, Assabet, Sudbury, and Merrimack Rivers as chronicled in his A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Many of the shooting locations are accessible only by canoe. Expect this new series of photographs documenting areas "less traveled" to be the most haunting yet.

Your gift make it possible for us to create fine art photographs that promote Thoreau's ideas.

All donations made to Beyond Spheres are processed by the New York Foundation for the Arts through their fiscal sponsorship program.

Donations are tax deductable.

The Artist: Koichiro Kurita

Fine art photographer Koichiro Kurita has been working with nature and landscapes for more than 20 years. His works have been exhibited and collected internationally by numerous museums including: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, and many others.

Kurita hand crafts his photography on authentic Japanese paper using traditional processes involving platinum , salt or albumen surfaces.

Kurita's priorities shifted away from commercial photography following his first reading of “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau in 1988. Thereafter, he felt compelled to use his photography to explore “the harmonious relationship between nature and humans.”

Koichiro Kurita prepares to use his traditional camera near Waldon Pond, Concord MA

Beyond Spheres Gallery

Workshops and Events

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SEP 26 2015
10am to 5PM

Albumen Print

Turn you own photograph into a beautiful Albumen print using this classic photographic printing process. Working in the darkroom, students will coat their own Albumen paper then print, wash and fix their image onto the paper. Bring your own digital photograph or use one of ours.

Tuition includes all materials and lab fee

Enrollment limited to 6

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OCT 10 2015
1PM to 6PM

Cyanotype

Turn you own photograph into a beautiful Cyanotype print using this classic photographic printing process. Working in the darkroom, students will coat their own Cyanotype paper then print, wash and fix their image onto the paper. Bring your own digital photograph or use one of ours.

Tuition includes all materials and lab fee

Enrollment limited to 6

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NOV 21 & 22 2015
9AM to 5PM

Platinum Palladium

One of the most beautiful of the traditional photographic processes, the Platinum Palladium printing is "renowned for exquisite tonality." Working in the darkroom, students will use an original film process (no digital) to create their own enlarged negatives. Expect this two day workshop to be a truely immersive photographic experience. A limited enrollment of 4 also makes this workshop truly personalized.

Tuition includes all materials and lab fee

Enrollment limited to 4

Reserve your spot

Past Events

2011
Lecture and Workshop
Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2012
Exhibition, Lecture and Workshop
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2011
Exhibition and Workshop
North Folk Audubon Society, Long Island, NY
2014
Exhibition and Lecture
Tenri Cultural Center, New York, NY
2012
Exhibition, Lecture and Workshop
Bennington College, Bennington, VT

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All donations made to Beyond Spheres are processed by the New York Foundation for the Arts through their fiscal sponsorship program.

Donations are tax deductable.

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