This series was made in Kyoto, Japan at a local Bon Festival (Spirit’s festival). During one particular day in summer, people gather around a drum tower to be with the souls of their ancestors. Children run around playing and unexpectedly join the elderly in a circle of talk and dance. Parents are talking, drinking, eating and dancing, or playing a drum on the tower for the dancers. Older people, seated in chairs surround the drum tower.
The event is a kind of haunting and on these occasions generations gather together and carry their many different worlds into the same place. Here I have found it possible to reopen long abandoned windows, which were closed during the years of my growth and education. I placed myself there to loosen up or free myself from expectations, to reunite divided things and to recover the important spirits. I throw out all of the complex lenses in order to reveal my deserted windows. The world's manufactured lenses are optically very well designed, but perhaps they are too faithful. I needed to give freedom to aberrations, as well as boundaries. I needed to create freedom for both the optical and the imagined axises so that they and I might swing freely.
I let myself feel the relief, hold the handmade simple lens and stepped into this haunt. I felt myself become part of a view through a reopening window, which leads back to the Offspring Spirits.