⟨ Book ⟩

To the Ocean of Silence

Sayaka Takasaki

Words / Jas Tse
Translation / Iris Heung

從初夏到深秋,她獨自橫越了日本阿爾卑斯山,步過420公里。站在只有自己而沒有任何人的大自然當中,髙﨑紗弥香拍下了所到之處的憶記。攝影集《沉默的海》,裡面不單有海,更多是海的四周,在雲霧下環繞的山嶽和奇岩。

在山上待久了感覺變得敏銳了,森林的氣味亦讓她喜歡走路,眼前一步步都是力拔山河的美麗。「當我到達時,周圍的寂靜與內心的寧靜,讓我感到很滿足。它像海一樣深,蔓延到我內心。面對這些,我只想要說『謝謝』。」自然的巨大時刻在變化,被拍下的瞬間都像是任何人也無法觸及的風景。

無論是泛著日光的藍綠色水、或透著海底滑石清澈的流,或是她眼中的,被狂雨打在上面而形成灰白波濤的海,一波波的刮起浪來,翻過後仍然又會回歸平靜。

讀過一則報導,一群德國科學家用高倍顯微鏡觀察每一滴水,從物理上能看到每滴水都有自己的微觀模式,每滴水都與下一滴水不同。他們認為,水是有記憶的。結果雖然未被廣泛肯定,但耐人尋味的研究讓我一直記住。如果水真能載著回憶,種種都會被記下,川流不息地將過去帶到未來,那條河會有多遠呢。

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?