Sasayaki Murmures Éric Petr 2023 | Blog for Wajima
Photographs ささやき 2023, on sale to benefit the victims of 01.01.24 of Wajima

After the violent earthquake in Japan that hit the Noto Peninsula on 01.01.2024, I decided to offer two photographs for a charity sale to benefit the victims of Wajima, because I felt it was necessary for this work, which is closely linked to the earthquake of 05.05.2023, to contribute, however modestly, to the reconstruction of the town of Wajima.

Half the proceeds will be donated to the Wajima Disaster Relief Organization.
・The first half corresponds to my royalties and remuneration.
・The second half corresponds to the running costs of my Studio, taxes and charges as well as the costs of Fine Art paper and pigment ink.

Would you be interested in making this donation?
Please click on the link below:


!! My wife being Japanese, the donation will be directly redistributed by Japanese bank transfer to the Japanese Red Cross in Ishikawa Prefecture, as soon as the artwork has been delivered to you.
We will provide you with the certificate of proof of the deposit made in Yen by my wife !!

Characteristics of the 2 works

Title work left: ささやき 0x608EBF51
Title work on the right: ささやき 0x604ABB51 (Sold out)
Year: 2023
Copy: #2/3 (Limited edition 3 copies + 1AP)
Dimensions: 30x30cm
Technique: In situ long exposure digital photography
Nikon DF camera with Nikkor H-85mm f1.8
Printing: Pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper Fine Art Bright White Rag 310g
Signature: Signed on back
Certificate of Authenticity: Yes
Frame: Light oak box with museum glass
Note: Very discreet imperfections visible on the edge of the frame (-10% discount deducted)
Free: My “Spirituelles Odyssées” author’s book (€35 value)

Price per work: € 630
Shipping: Free

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But why offer these two photographic works in aid of the victims of Wajima?

When I visited Japan during the spring of 2023, I went to Kenroku-en Park in Kanazawa on the night of May 4-5. It was a full moon night and I heard a symphony of natural elements. These hundred-year-old trees, these lakes that have spanned the dynasties and this moon so radiant, brought me the sensation of being on the stage of a theater nō.

The energy I captured that night was so strong, so radiant, so penetrating that the beauty of nature was sublimated, and its complicity with the cosmos clearly understood. It seemed that all this beauty was in motion, and that it was entering a marvellous, supernatural dance.

A few hours later, I was on my way by bus to Suzu in the north of the Noto Peninsula, when we were suddenly stopped in our tracks on May 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm by a violent 6.5 magnitude earthquake, which were followed by numerous aftershocks over a 24-hour period.

I then realized that, that night, in Kenroku-en Park, I had picked up the whisper of an earthquake. 

I then decided to call this photographic work ささやき (sasayaki), which means “murmurs “. 

As chance would have it, or rather the synchrony of events or an order that eludes us, I subsequently exhibited two photographs from this series at the Gallery Ville A des Arts in Paris with UNESCO’s CNFAP in October 2023.

When I learned on January 1, 2024, that a magnitude 7.6 earthquake had struck the same spot at 16:10 Japan time, I was stunned and overwhelmed.

All the impressions I’d felt during the aftershocks suddenly came back to me, the whole night after we’d tried to sleep on the 9th floor of a hotel on the harbor in the town of Wajima, now devastated by this latest earthquake, in fear of a possible tsunami.

I also felt a great deal of compassion for the Japanese people affected, who had suddenly become homeless, injured or victims, but also a great deal of sadness for this small town where we had wandered with our friends through the pretty streets of the morning market and its atmosphere, which seemed so timeless.

This photographic work consists of just twelve photographs. Twelve images of such density that you don’t need much more to understand the vibratory beauty of this whisper.

The two photographs I’m offering for sale here were exhibited in Paris in October 2023. While the others are waiting for a new story to tell before being shown again.

It seemed obvious to me that this work, in direct resonance with the May 2023 earthquake, had to play a part, however humbly, in Wajima City’s victim relief efforts.

MURMURS 2023 @ CNFAP | ささやき

ささやき 0x604ABB51 (détail) © Éric Petr (2023

I am happy to announce the MURMURS exhibition
organized by the CNFAP at the La Ville A des Arts gallery in Paris 18th from 4.10 to 15.10.2023 and bringing together 41 visual artists who will express themselves on the theme of murmurs.
A Vernissag will be held on this occasion on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. 🥂✨

Participating artists:
Ayasaky Rikka – Barrovecchio Luc – Bauer Caroline – Belin Hélène – Bismuth Mélina – Blauth Lurdi – Braun Guy – Brebel Catherine – Bry Christine – Burdeos Rosa –  Collandre Françoise – Dubois Tristan – Dudret Geneviève – Edouard André – Ferru Magdéleine – Fourmestraux Éric – François Claudine – Gendre-Bergère Christine – Gérodez Jean-Claude – Gehand Annie – Guyon Spennato Elizabeth – Jäggi Andreas – Kouninioti Catherina – Koyama-Meyer Stéphane – Lambrechts Marc – Loquen Claudine – Lorsa – Nassor Carine – NEL – Pedeau-Said Geneviève – Pelouze Anny – Petr Éric – Pichereau Alain – Pourny Anne – Sartori Ana – Searle Patrick – Shahnaei Najine – Souliotis Dimitrios – Sustrac Bernard – Tralongo Pauline – Vuerich Franco

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The Ville A des Arts
15 rue Hégésippe Moreau
75018 Paris
Metro Place de Clichy lines 2 & 13

Open every day: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free entry access
Presence of artists on site

About the CNFAP
French National Council of Plastic Arts

The French National Council for the Plastic Arts is the French National Committee that officially represents France in the IAAA (International Association of the Plastic Arts), an NGO under the auspices of UNESCO, and issues a professional artist card.
Under the impulse of the General Direction of Arts and Letters of the Ministry of National Education, the CNFAP was created in 1956.
It includes, among its founding members, 20 eminent artists, including : Georges BRAQUE, Roger CHAPELAIN-MIDY, André DUNOYER de SEGONZAC, Marcel GROMAIRE, Marie LAURENCIN, André LHOTE…

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ささやき 0x608EBF51


The two exhibited works are part of a short photographic novella「ささやき」produced in Japan in May 2023.

ささやき (Sasayaki), in Japanese, means “MurmurS”, the title of the theme “Murmures” in French.

These photographs are, for those who know how to listen to silence, the murmur of nature.

While my photographic artwork tirelessly questions the murmurs of the universe, I did not think that the waves that I captured that night in Kanazawa, in dialogue with the moon, transmitted to me a vibration heralding the 6.5 magnitude earthquake which occurred a few hours later, on May 5, 2023 at 2:42 p.m. in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Everything is just a murmur of these waves which constantly pass through us and transmit to us in their infinite trajectory, the echo of the World, if indeed we can interpret it.

Photographs, Hahnemühle B&R Rag 310g paper, light oak wooden box and anti-reflective and anti-UV museum glass.
From left to right (below):
ささやき 0x608EBF51 (2023) 30x30cm #1/3 (+1AP)
and ささやき 0x604ABB51 (2023) 30x30cm #1/3 (+1AP)