The Japanese have a concept called shakkei, or “borrowed view.” Here’s a definition:
“When during design and construction of a Japanese garden nearby or distant landscape and landmarks are taken into consideration, and used in such a way that it appears to be part of the garden or at least of the view of the garden, this is called ‘borrowed scenery’.”
—- Zen-Garden, a blog from the Netherlands
In short, it’s a way of expanding one’s horizons and one’s views without having to own, or be, something or someone else —
Photographer Martin Greene, who sometimes graces us with his own wonderful images, is making use of someone else’s view, in this case, his 12-year-old granddaughter Ruby’s, who is already following in Grandpa’s footsteps. Or, shall I say, it’s a doubly borrowed view? Because Ruby is showing us, not her own view, but the view through the eyes of her little dog Yoli!
So here it is, through some complicated shakkei from Ruby via Martin through me to you, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO YOLI!
(The dog sees it all —–)
(( Anyone who’s looking for the post that briefly followed this, The Necessary Journey, will find it where it belonged all along, on sister blog Touch2Touch, along with the thoughtful comments of three “early bird” viewers.))