Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah”, I travelled to Israel in June, 2008. Cohen’s biblical anecdotes inspired me to seek better self-awareness and personal expression.
I took photographs on film but they were all damaged by the x-rays at the airport. An unpleasant wave-like pattern scarred all the pictures I made. I hid all these photographs in my room and showed nobody.
Three years later, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. I was 10 miles away when the earthquake happened.
I returned home by car and the journey took a lot longer than usual. I learnt of the devastation from news on the radio.
A few days later, radioactivity began to leak from the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture where I lived.
Everyone feared the invisible radioactivity. I looked at the map indicating affected areas circulating the nuclear power plant. I was reminded of my damaged photographs.Shown here is a series of photographs I took of a baptism in the Jordan River.
I am praying that the ground and the sea in my hometown washes as soon as possible and are purified. I hope all the people can return.
Out of blue comes green
“Don’t matter/My eyes have seen/For better/Out of blue comes green”
This line from the first record I ever bought remained in my heart for a long time.
After I grew up, as I faced events and environments I couldn’t handle on my own, I began to take photographs on my favorite forests and ponds in the place where I was born. In the hope that this landscape would head, even if only slightly, in a better direction, from blue to green.
The location, Goshikinuma, or the Five-Colored Ponds, in the collective name for a group of lakes and ponds in Urabandai, Fukushima prefecture.
In 1888, a phreatic explosion on the Mount Bandai triggered a debris avalanche.Rivers were dammed, and hundreds of ponds were formed. Due to the properties of the volcanic minerals, vegetation and algae present in the water.
Each of the ponds appears a different color, such as blue, green or red. The eruption was the first major natural disaster in japan since the contry’s modernization in the Meiji period.Five villages and eleven smaller settlements were flooded or buried, resulting in 477deaths.
To this day, this history lies buried at the bottom of the same ponds that produce to these beautiful colors.
Akemi Ohara Photographer Born in Fukushima Japan. 1971
Out of blue comes green / Gallery 916 small / Totyo / Japan
2013 Out of blue comes green / Epson Imaging Gallery epSITE / Tokyo / Japan
2007 Lower Heaven,Higher Hell / Gallery Morning Terrace / Kohriyama / japan
2013 KAWABA NEW NATURE PHOTO 2013 / Kawaba Den-en Plaza / Gunma / Japan 2012 ONAEBA Slected Photographers 2011 / 72Gallery / Tokyo / Japan
Photo Style vol.1 / Kalos Gallery / Sendai / Japan
Photo Park vol.1 The eye of a photograph / Kalos Gallery / Sendai /Japan
11 - 10 / Fuji Film Photo Salon Sendai / Sendai / Japan
2011 y - Generation / Shibuya Seibu Art Gallery / Tokyo / Japan
12 - 12 / Fuji Film Photo Salon Sendai / Sendai / Japan
2014 PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS / Honorable Mention
International Photography Awards 2013 / Honorable Mention 2013 KAWABA NEW NATURE PHOTO AWARD 2013 / Grand Prix / Japan
International Photography Awards 2013 / Honorable Mention 2012 Einstein Photo Competition X vol . 1 / IMA Editorial Department Prize / Japan
2011 ONAEBA vol.8 / Review Jury’s Prize (Shibuya Seibu) / Japan
2013 IPA ( INVISIBLE PHOTOGRAPHER ASIA) Photo Essay “broken hallelujah”
2013 Fraction Magazine Japan issue.10 “Out of blue comes green”
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