I only became aware of the existence of life and death after connecting deeply to the world of water. This happened long before I started photography: by chance, I was invited to go diving, and when I saw that underwater world it captured me at once. The various phenomena and life forms which exist only in the water and the beautiful play of water and light brought me a strong sense of elation and excitement.
In that world, it is difficult to walk as you would on the ground, and weather conditions can sometimes prevent you from entering it at all. Training and careful preparation are necessary.
Above all, though, there is a limit to the number of breaths you can take. Among the many restrictions that exist in this world, this work focuses on “BREATH,” the most essential factor. Breathing is indispensable to us; it repeats continually during our life, and we consider death to be the point at which breathing stops. Usually, breath is invisible, and I think it never registers in our consciousness.
By separating ourselves from this phenomenon, which is so close to our own lives, we can consider its essence and value.
This occurs in the water. When we are covered in water, the fear inside of us comes to the surface. Beyond this, the condition of not being able to breathe reveals our attachment to life. I capture this entirely unpredictable scene of struggle.
I superimpose this highly restrictive scene onto human “life.” People encounter all kinds of troubles during their lives. Even if someone knocks down a barrier preventing them from doing something with their own hands, this will not change the fundamental essence of our own limitations. These limitations, too, are part of "living."
Perhaps the essence of life, granted to everyone, is to live while struggling against death. Math or science can’t change this. Life is not just about visible beauty, but also about true strength, which we have from birth.
The moon's gravity caused the flux and reflux of the tides,
And stimulated the development of life on earth
If the sun represents the birth of life,
The moon would represent the rhythm of life
Evolution would differ without the moon
The moonlit dark night includes a mixture of life and death
The body holding potential of receiving a new life,
Is enfolded by the hair, having no end of life
The hair, feeling no pain, passes on the DNA
The night has its own role
The night-- when the moon’s reflection lambently floats on the sea surface
It is the time needed by the living matters
Should human’s self-serving reasons disturb this time
In the moonlit sea, the desires for life emerge
And deaths nearby with bated breath
Would not the strain with the tension in the chaotic darkness
I'm a photographer who has a concept of "Control" for my work.
Water is one of "uncontrolled" things which the human being never can to do.
I had a lot of opportunities to think about ‘water’ with doing scuba diving in several countries as a hobby.
The beauty of sunshine viewed from under water, daily life of aquatics and me as human just be able to see their world for a moment...
We thought human could control water if we had lots of equipments and cared for risks in water, but human never be able to live in water. And we also never be able to live without water.
Water doesn’t only give a life, but also takes a life. On the other hand, water is not the Mother of Creation or the Master of Destruction, it’s just be there as ‘water’.
Water is a philosophical existence very much even be as ’just water’. I had been fascinated with water more and more and I had gotten a zeal for expression it.
It is one of reasons which I became a photographer, so I have been creating my works which has a relation with water.
I'm expressing "enthusiasm for life" by photography throughout the figure of Water and Human.
1974 Born in Kanagawa,Japan 1992-1999 Work as a chef in an Italian restaurant
2000-2001 Tokyo College of Photography
2001 Assistant to CARATS(Katsuji Tkasaki etc..)
2002 Start working as a freelance
International Photography Awards 2007 1st place in Advertising (self promotion) for "WAVE”
PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS "WATER" Competition 2008 Honorable Mentions for "WAVE"&"BREATH"
International Photography Awards 2009 1st place in People (other) for "BREATH”
International Photography Awards 2009 2nd place in Special (moving images) for "BREATH”
Xto image award 2010 1st place in Body in Nature for “BREATH”
PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2010 2nd place in Fine art (nudes) for "BREATH"
International Photography Awards 2012 2nd place in People (other) for "MOON”
Exhibition & Art Fair
Oct.2007-2008 IPA ”Best of show”(Global 8 Places)
May.2008 IPA ”Best of show Portrait Edition” at Farmani Gallery (NY)
July.2008 “BREATH” at epSITE (Tokyo)
Feb.2009 “y-generation -six rising photographers Exhibition” at SEIBU Shibuya (Tokyo)
Dec.2009 contemporary art fair “Shibuya Style Vol.3” at SEIBU Shibuya (Tokyo)
Dec.2009 “PHOTO TAIPEI” at Tha Westin Taipei (Taipei/GALLERY KOGURE)
Mar.2010 “BREATH” at LOWER AKIHABARA.(Tokyo)
July.2010 “BREATH” at Micheko Galerie (Munich)
Nov.2010 “ULTRA003 Art Fair” at Spiral Garden (Tokyo/GALLERY KOGURE)
Nov.2010 “Five people, for whatever reason, we are...” at Kanagawa Support Center (Yokohama)
Feb.2011 “AHAF HK” at Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong/GALLERY KOGURE)
Nov.2011 “nofound PHOTOFAIR” (Paris/Micheko Galerie) Jan.2012 “CYCLE” at Gallery.Hutch(Tokyo)
Jun.2012 “BREATH”&”MOON” at Micheko Galerie (Munich)
Oct.2012 “ULTRA005 Art Fair” at Spiral Garden (Tokyo/GALLERY KOGURE)
July.2013 “BREATH” at Alternative Spase in Seibu Shibuya(Tokyo)
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