Over the past three decades, Hamish Fulton has walked more than twelve thousand miles on five continents. He creates and exhibits photographs and texts to share these experiences with others. The text in this work informs us that Fulton was on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, on a journey that involved seven days walking and seven nights camping. He made the trip in June 1989, and, at some point, he saw a full moon. Another component of the walk is mentioned in the title: he touched one hundred rocks along the way. There are additional, subtler elements that relate to the location of his walk: red is an auspicious color in many Asian countries; the simple wood frames reflect many Japanese structures; and Fulton’s signature—symbols surrounded by a circle—recalls those of the Japanese artists and poets who collaborated on combinations of landscape and language.
Label from Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection of Contemporary Photography, January 19–June 9, 2013