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Akiko Ozawa

“ A DAY [Women of 30 years] ”

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2005Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

A DAY [Women of 30 years]

Everyday is full of things to do and meaningful in its own way. When I look around there are a lot of other possibility for life that I didn’t chose. Just like the old saying “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. Happy, yet with just a tinge of sadness. One day for women 30 years of age.

If a photograph captures a single moment, then those moments linked together form the passage of time. Women the same age, thinking and feeling similar things, living in the same time: in every way, fiction that is nearly non-fiction, a silent, non-motion picture.

Last year it suddenly occurred to me that I was 29. I was at a crossroads. In both my personal and professional life I felt impatient, anxious. I yearned desperately to search for something new, for something I had never done before. That fateful year I turned to photography. Life has never been free of worry since then, but the many possibilities inherent in photography sustain me through troubled times.

Entries form: Photo collection, 66 (445mm x 600mm) 100 pages

Selecting judge: Nobuyoshi Araki

In the last few years the idea of “winners and losers” has become very popular. The 30 year old women that appear in these photos capture the vibrant essence of the feminine strength of today’s women and show that they are undoubtedly among life’s winners. They’re comfortable being alone and have the freedom to cultivate themselves with things like doing yoga before bedtime - wonderful. These photos show women living their lives to the fullest. A man could never take such pictures - they’re terrific.

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PROFILE

Akiko Ozawa

2004 New Cosmos of Photography 2004 (27th Competition) Honorable Mention winner.
2005 Won an Excellence Award at the 28th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Araki Nobuyoshi) and won the Grand Prize at the New Cosmos of Photography 2005 Exhibition
Present: Freelance photographer and graphic designer. (At the time of 2005)
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2005Grand Prize

Akiko Ozawa

A DAY [Women of 30 years]

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