To the Ocean of Silence

Sayaka Takasaki





Throughout early summer to mid-fall, she wandered in solitude for 420 kilometers in the Japanese Alps. Sayaka Takasaki documented her days alone in nature with her camera and published the photography in a book titled To the Ocean of Silence. It shows the beautiful ocean, mountain ranges, and unusual looking rocks surrounded by cloud and mist.

Staying in the mountains allows her to become more sensitive to the surroundings. She also got to enjoy walking more thanks to the smell of the forest and the enchanting landscape. “Arriving at my destination, I was always rewarded with a peaceful view and a tranquil mind. It was as deep as an ocean that went all the way down until it touched my soul. All I want to say to these is ‘thank you’,” said Takasaki. The powerful nature is changing every minute, therefore, none of the images she captured are unique moments that can ever be reproduced.

She can see tranquility in everything — the turquoise color water glittering under the sun, or the stream seeping through the smooth surface of the rocks. Even when looking at the roaring wave on a stormy day, she knows the sea would return to its peacefulness after the storm.

Her photography reminds me of an article about how a group of German scientists examined individual drops of water at an incredibly high magnification. They were able to physically see that each droplet of water has its own distinguishable pattern, which led them to the conclusion that water has memory. Although the research has not been widely recognized, I was immensely intrigued by its findings. If water has memory, then when it is flowing in a constantly moving stream, is it also bringing memory along with the flow of time?