The Movement of Clouds around Mount Fuji – Photographed and Filmed by Masanao Abe
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The Japanese physicist Masanao Abe built in the 1920s an observatory with a view of Mount Fuji for his study of air currents around the famous volcano. Over the course of fifteen years, he recorded the clouds that surrounded the mountain with film and photo. His scientific research fit unintentionally into a long iconographic tradition: the mountain and the clouds. The ever changing sky and the flat landscape surrounding Mt. Fuji leave the viewer full of fascination and lifts him up into the air.
The untouched archive was re-discovered in a garden shed by Helmut Völter due to his research on his book “Cloud Studies”.