tarted his professional career in Tokyo in 1993, 10 years later relocating his studio to New York City in search of more global opportunities. Specializing in splashing and energetic movements within shots Maruyama has become highly sought after for his expertise in this field expanding his career into Europe in 2005. Was born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, in High School he became immersed in mountain climbing, and wanting to preserve the stunning landscapes began taking photographs. Upon graduating college he joined Ima Co. assisting their 15 still life photographers where he discovered the many different professional facets of creating an image. In 1993, working with an 8×10 camera Maruyama became independent winning the ’99 Japan Magazine Advertisement Prize planning-advertisement section award. He began taking photos for his personal project “Into the Spiti Valley”, a documentary work about Tibetan culture in India, the exhibition later opened in 2001 along with the publication of two books “Into The Spiti Valley” and “Spiti”. In 1998, he joined Hakuhodo Photo Creative and became involved in advertising campaigns for Japanese companies winning the New York ADC Gold Award for an advertising campaign for a satellite broadcasting company. In 1999 realizing the possibilities of digital photography and Photoshop Maruyama began creating his work using digital cameras. Maruyama has been involved in many worldwide advertising campaigns utilizing his expertise in ice, liquid/splash, and specializing in movement in his works.
Years of lighting research and the advances in retouching have made it easy to have a strong idea of exactly how a photo will look even before the shoot begins, but in photographing liquid and subjects in movement, it is impossible to foresee what the end result will be, and it is this spontaneity that enables Maruyama to have more fun creating his work. While Maruyama enjoys the excitement of collaborating with creators from around the world, one thing is always on his mind, that feeling he had back in high school, when he was photographing what ever he wanted to…he is now working on his personal projects and aims to have an exhibition of this work.
“As a young student, I often wrote Chinese characters in sumi ink. I loved the nervous, precarious feeling of sitting before an empty white page, the moment just before my brush touched the paper. I was always excited to see the unique result of each new brushing. Once your brush touches paper, you must finish the character, you have one chance. It can never be repeated or duplicated. You must commit your full attention and being to each stroke.
Liquids, like ink, are elusive by nature. As sumi ink finds its own path through the paper grain, liquid finds its unique path as it moves through air. Remembering those childhood moments, of ink and empty page, I fashioned a large ‘brush’ and bucket of ink. I get the same feeling, a precarious nervous excitement, as I stand before the empty studio space. Each stroke is unique, ephemeral. I can never copy or recreate them. I know something fantastic is happening, “a decisive moment”, but I can’t fully understand the event until I look at these captured afterimages, these paintings in the sky.
Nihon (Japan) and ga (painting) combine to form Nihonga, or ‘Japanese painting’, a style which dates back over a thousand years. Traditionally such images were made using animal glue, gold leaf, and natural pigments. The images you are looking at are all organically photographed ‘real’ pictures that have been recomposed together to produce the desired result. As a photographer my work i subconsciously influenced by the Japanese sense of beauty. This sense of beauty can be found in Wabi-sabi, referring to the beauty of imperfection and understated elegance. Additionally this beauty is also expressed in Ma, the use of negative space, found in the art of calligraphy, as well as, in the design aof a traditional rock garden. My creativity and work as a professional photographer is unconsciously influenced by the old traditions of Japan. For this opportunity I have expressed these influences as a conscious element of my work”.