GALLERY

Shinichiro Uchikura

“ Collection ”

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2018Excellence Award

ARTIST STATEMENT

Collection

I often observe familiar townscapes and roadside.
I realize that there are lots of life in places no one notices.
Generally speaking it was a kind of garbage.

All of them, things with form are certainly disappearing, things with life are definitely going to die.
When I captured the last figure in the photograph, I decided to freeze the time and to keep it forever.

I think that staring at the shade is equivalent to accepting the preciousness of life.
I stared straight, and also I made a stage right then and photographed with the sunlight.
I wanted to photograph even the soul.
Eventually they became my precious treasures one by one as “Collection”.

Entries form: 30 560 x 60 mm prints and eight 1100 x 1500 mm prints on HC-FPL300MC SiHL Lustre Photo Paper, total of 38 items

Selecting judge: Tomoko Sawada

The artist's statement is poetic, but I sense a disconnect between his words and what he is attempting to express. Despite the varied motifs, they are all captured as if identical in the artist's eye and he brings an interesting perspective to the subjects, whether organic or inorganic. The focus is soft, and I'm not sure whether it is deliberate or the reason for this. The soft focus weakens the impression, which I feel is a little regrettable. I selected this artist for an Excellence Award more for the potential I saw in his work than the work itself, and for how tenacious he was in his challenge, the massive size of the prints, and the number of items he entered. In the end, congratulations on winning this award.

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PROFILE

Shinichiro Uchikura

1981 – Born in Miyazaki Prefecture
Graduate of the Japan Institute of Photography and Film

Awards

2010Honorable Mention Award, Canon New Cosmos of Photography
2011Honorable Mention Award, Canon New Cosmos of Photography
2013Honorable Mention Award, Canon New Cosmos of Photography
2016Konica Minolta Photo Premio winner
2018Wonder Foto Day Curator Award
2018Grand Prize at the 7th Emon Awards
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2018Excellence Award

Shinichiro Uchikura

Collection

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