The Taste of Tea A photography project by Ilse Leenders

The Taste of Tea stems from the heritage and influences of Zen Buddhism in Japanese Theatre and the Tea Ceremony. Expressions and traditions from noh, kabuki and bunraku theater, Chado (the way or tea) and the devotion for nature, tranquility arising from Zen Buddhism reflect in the work.

In her work, Dutch artist Ilse Leenders interferes in land or cityscapes and uses the environment as a ‘stage’ to construct theatre-like contemporary stories with elements from the past and the present.

The staged photographs display a composed interplay between imagination and reality. The components in her photographs consist of self-made artefacts or ready-made objects regularly in combination with personages.

By bringing together different aspects in a single image, detailed narratives arise that can be perceived as movie stills or images from a comic book.

The Taste of Tea series was created in Kyoto, the historical capital of Japan.

Monthly Photo Contest

aerial color landscape photograph of Shark Bay, Western Australia by Ross long
© Ross Long

2021 Landscape AWARD Deadline: 30 April 2021

When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story.

From dramatic rural vistas to urban panoramics, or seemingly-abstract aerial compositions, this month we want to see images that showcase our planet’s diverse and beautiful topography.⁠

All approaches are valid and we want to see as many different styles and compositions as possible!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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