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The Umbrella Farm
Lantern slide, vignette detail
Private collection of Rob Oechsle
Close examination of the original slide reveals that, aside from the interspersed varying green grass, Enami's colorist also applied over 700 individual curved applications of alternating yellow and red stripes to the umbrellas, rarely allowing any bleed outside the stripes. The orange "sunburst" patterns on the white umbrellas at lower right are free-form applications. The original, of course, was much smaller than the enlargement here. Imagine the amount of time it must have taken to make just this one image for a customer who had ordered perhaps another 100 or so to go with it. Whether or not the style and artistry of Enami's photographs appeal to us, the studio colorists under his guidance are certainly to be commended with respect for their patient labors that produced the world of delicate and natural tint seen throughout the body of Enami's work.
(Source: www.t-enami.org - Date accessed: Jan 2, 2008)