My photo “Freedom” was recently portrayed in group exhibition in Yoshidamachi Gallery, Yokohama. I took this photo in last summer in Noge by using Kodak Gold and converted the digital scan to monochrome.
I think “freedom” is perfect title for this photo.
I will keep my new private exhibition from 26th of May in Bar Sara near Gakugei Daigaku station. The exhibition will last two weeks until 9th of June. If you are near the area, do drop by and taste some of the exquisite alcohol as well.
Bar Sara is a simple but very attractive place. The owner has a remarkable and unique taste for art and beauty. I am really honored by this chance.
Four of my photos under title “Japan 日本” will be exhibited in Yoshidamachi Gallery in Yokohama from this Monday until Saturday. It is ten minutes walk from Sakuragicho station.
I will also perform live in Saturday’s closing party. The other artist performing is my friend Vidya Murti. I hope to see you there.
It’s been quite a week! It was amazing for me, that so many wonderful people came to see my exhibition. Everyday turned out to be a party of it’s own kind, really amazing, happiest time I’ve ever had.
Your presence made the event; thank you.
Now, I just want to stay quiet and listen.
Yesterday I went to see Nakashima Hiroki’s photo exhibition Land of Smiles in Gallery NIW in Tokyo. I met the photographer in Dark Room Intl. in Yokohama before and had chance to see his work.
Land of Smiles is a collection of candid street portraits took in Thailand.
The portraits show natural connection between the photographer and the subject, and that, according to Nakashima is his purpose. The people looked at ease in their natural poses; the photos didn’t seem to be taken by a traveler, but someone local. Not a small achievement.
The sequencing of the photos as well as the technical quality of the photos were excellent, and show the obvious experience and skill of the photographer. I would also imagine Nakashima’s choice of the media, film instead of digital, is very conscious one.
Overall, the portraits had great variety and all of them had something special. In all of the photos the subjects seemed relaxed and at ease.
After I returned, it occurred to me that perhaps it was the last photo that gave me the final impact, the beautiful young woman dressed in white. The photo had a hint of sadness in it, what I especially liked, a photo that stood out from the others.
Without it, the smiles in the rest of photos might have lost their purpose. The sequencing is very important in any exhibition and the way how Nakashima organized his photos really made them shine, a skill what is only learned by doing.
Land of Smiles is a wonderful work of a human subject.
Visit Gallery NIW until 6/19.
Embassy of Finland in Tokyo is so cool!
For me, “Here Sometimes” has two meanings. One is that life is only a small fraction of time, in which we experience our entire life. We are quite literally, here only sometimes. I like the vagueness and spirituality of it. Nobody really knows why we exist, although our existence is (probably) real.
The other meaning would be more obvious one, our limited existence in some certain location. When I visit my hometown in Finland, I feel always stunned to realize that even our origin is always changing. Nothing stays the same and nothing lasts. Things gets broken and things get moved or rearranged.
I think this constant change and fragileness of things is beautiful.
My photo exhibition “Sometimes Here” will be held in Art Mania, Yokohama in 23.-29 July. Please come and enjoy. There is no entrance fee.