The work here was done as an apprentice in Japan, from 2003-2006. Several of the trees show a period where I was carefully organizing every shoot, such as the first two images. This was a ‘rite of passage’, so to speak, for Suzuki, to show that I could do it. Afterwards, in the second half of my apprenticeship, I was allowed a more natural and relaxed feeling in the branching and foliage presentation, represented in the last image, which won Mr. Suzuki a Prime Minister’s award.

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