I take a leisurely stroll while pondering the landscape surrounding me—of which I am now a part.
I observe the scene as it extends before my eyes and then recedes instantly into the past. From one moment to the next the scene continuously moves into the past. Nothing arrests my mind more powerfully than that one thought.
I consider a roll of film. When it is released from a patrone, it bears an image of a scene. And when I return and look again, I find a brand new scene, seemingly impregnated by layers of time. Although a photograph can only capture the past, upon viewing, it evokes in me a sense of the future.
“Patrone” is a series of photo-scrolls. They are mosaics made up of torn fragments of photographs, in an attempt to discover connections between observation and photography.
Born in Yamagata, Japan in 1951 and graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1977.
His works are unique contact sheets taken with a half-frame camera in which individual frames come together to form a whole image on each sheet, expressing the invisible time and consciousness shared between himself and his subjects. He has also been exhibiting his ongoing Patrone series since 2000 using a different method in which he takes slivers of time and condenses them into a single restructured image.
Exhibitions at PGI
|In the Box, 2017|
|Bubbles of Lotus, 2004|
|On the Shadow, 1998|
|Wind and Snail, 1996|
|Contact Prints: To Observe and Continue to Observe, 1994|