This work is my double. The balance and distance between “my photographing self,” “a model standing face to face with me” and “the context” show a microcosm of my contradictions and conflicts. To me, photography means activities in which I deal with my real self that has a lot of pent-up emotions so that I can take a step forward. I hope that receivers = viewers will give full scope to their imaginations, and interpret the works as they like. In a sense, I make works because I take pleasure in seeing how people would respond to my works; their angles go beyond the creator's expectations. The magnetism of photography is, I believe, that the work can multiply its meaning when the third person’s views are poured into the personal world.
I find it more interesting to compose a photographic work not for “the subject that is there,” but “the subject that I put there.” Concentrating on an image that I picture in my mind, I make its rough drawings to give shape to it. I often use relatively familiar places for taking photos. I make sure that the model and the space are balanced, and try not to give too much touch-up. When I was taking pictures, sometimes a large crowd watched around me, and I was often asked what in the world I was doing. They must have found the sight awfully strange.
I like this work best in this contest. The composition is carefully thought out with the arrangements of lines in length and breadth as well as the figures. This is a conceptual work, very different from my usual photos, and it is well expressed. The work is organized under her will as a photographer, and the level of perfection is high. It is so attractive as to excite viewers’ interest.
It’s a good idea to provide both panels and a book for the presentation. Her theme is clear and stated powerfully. It looks striking among many works that are uncertain about their desires. While dealing with an introspective theme, she does not indulge herself in subjectivity. That must have resulted from her scrutiny of the theme.
Selected by Miwa Yanagi, Kevin Westenberg
The 27th Competition, Co-Grand Prize Winner “The New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition 2004”
|2003:||Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Dept.photography|