Impressions from the BIB Show – 2016

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Impressions from the BIB Show – 2016

Every year for the past few years, I shoot the formal show photos at the Bay Island Bonsai show. They are used by magazines and for the show books. The setup is really nice, and the photos are recordings of the moment in time for the trees. We typically shoot the entire tree and container and sometimes the entire display.

Moments in time, snapshots, the fleeting impressions that we get from bonsai shows – they had a great influence on me when I was a beginner. This year I took the time to snap some informal photos of the elements of the display. While it’s easy to walk around a show thinking about all the things that may be “wrong” according to some “rule” you think you understand, it’s more productive to walk around and find the delights. Which trees are the most interesting, which are the most evocative of the season. Which trees spark your imagination or remind you of a moment in your life you had forgotten? It’s these details and these moments that make bonsai really magical to behold.

Accent plants are often glossed over.   Many of them are wonderful little compositions by themselves.

Accent plants are often glossed over. Many of them are wonderful little compositions by themselves.

Ume blooming in winter remind me of my trips to Tokyo, and the smell is second to nothing.

Ume blooming in winter remind me of my trips to Tokyo, and the smell is second to nothing.

An unusual pot can delight the eye, perhaps because it is unexpected.

An unusual pot can delight the eye, perhaps because it is unexpected.

Wisteria are most often admired for their flowers, but the hanging seed pods in winter can be just as beautiful.

Wisteria are most often admired for their flowers, but the hanging seed pods in winter can be just as beautiful.

A suiseki and its accompanying artwork make for an abstract composition.

A suiseki and its accompanying artwork make for an abstract composition.

Woodwork, Black pine branching and moss, what more do we need?

Woodwork, Black pine branching and moss, what more do we need?

Princess persimmon is used extensively for its winter-long display of colorful fruit.

Princess persimmon is used extensively for its winter-long display of colorful fruit.