This week I submitted my first printed photographies to a very important competition in Japan.
I personally find the process of the selection of the final photographies the hardest, maybe because I get too sentimentally attached to them. So... these are my final 5 ones, I hope the reflect what I am trying to say wiht this project!
日本の魂 (SOULS OF JAPAN) .
Souls of Japan is a project which was born and continues to grow during my time living in Tokyo.
As a foreigner in this intensely private country, I often feel like a spectator. I am continuously inspired to observe, marvel and understand this remarkable and very different culture. But at the same time, always being mindful of the need to respect distance, dignity and privacy.
Observing the routines of everyday Japanese people, their habits and their rituals I found my awareness drawn to the paradigm that yes, on the surface they look and behave differently to westerners, but beneath the skin, all of us are bound by the same preoccupations of health, of work, of the pursuit of happiness, of love. Of searching for who we are and what our place is in the world.
This paradigm is clearly evident in images depicting people. But sometimes it is even more powerful in images of inanimate objects which imply the absence of a person (or people). It’s the space they left behind that gives us an impression of the souls that were once there and a moment in their life.
This project is not only a chronicle of the different souls of this remarkable country but also a reflection of the souls who call it home. - 11 hours ago