Prayer and Bark
"I have taken pictures of my homeland Fukushima since my student’s years. But I felt afraid that I couldn’t photograph the place as in the past on account of the Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011. I was at a loss what to do, and came my parents’ house ten days after. They live at Nakadori where there were no damage of tsunami except for some roads and houses destroyed by the earthquake. Rural scenery nearby looks seemingly unchanged. However, even if scenery itself remains unchanged it is obvious that many things were completely changed.
When I was taking a dog out for a work along a familiar path between rice fields with my camera, what my mentor had said several years ago crossed my mind. He said, “Photography is this…,” and then his index finger described a square in the air to a glass of whiskey and water. As I was too drunk to make out his words, I replied vaguely. He smiled as usual puffing on a sweet-smelling cigarette.
Photographs of Fukushima will inevitably remind people of the earthquake and nuclear disaster. That’s why I wandered around inside the prefecture in order to know present-day Fukushima. But there was a widening gap between my thought and photographs.
While I went back to my hometown several times, I realized that to photograph Fukushima as a stricken area was not one and only right answer. And so I decided to take pictures in Fukushima for me.
To continue to photograph Fukushima is to focus on anything in front of me and think it over; for photography everything seems to be equivalent. All I need is a strong will to take a picture of my native place.
Even now I don’t understand the meaning of my mentor’s phrase “Photography is this…,” but I keep on taking pictures of my birthplace Fukushima."
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Publisher: Plump Worm Factory
Size: 263 ×370 mm
96pages, 46 images
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