Hiroyuki Takenouchi

Distance & Depth

Aug 26 - Oct 10, 2020
PGI

Hiroyuki Takenouchi

Distance & Depth

Aug 26 - Oct 10, 2020
PGI

  • ©Hiroyuki Takenouchi

  • ©Hiroyuki Takenouchi

  • ©Hiroyuki Takenouchi

  • ©Hiroyuki Takenouchi

  • ©Hiroyuki Takenouchi

Distance and Depth

 

Back when I was photographing crows routinely, I’d always hoped to shoot an albino. When I heard there was one in Niigata I headed there in the dead of winter to take its photo. It was so bored in its cage that it didn’t even bother to squawk at me as I trained my lens on it and shot away. I let myself believe I’d bonded with it that day. Visiting again a few years later, this time in the summer, I found not one but two crows. I also learned that now you couldn’t so much as look into that first crow’s cage without it going berserk. Perhaps the arrival of another crow made it realize that we were different species and it had begun to fear man. Instead of approaching it as a friend I tried stepping back and shooting through the bars of the cage like an outsider.

 

A friend once asked me to take pictures of him and his lover who would soon move far away. He wanted to give his partner an album to commemorate their time together. It got me thinking about what kind of album I’d make if I were in his shoes. My answer was to put together photos of pebbles, animals and landscapes I’d taken here and there to build a self-contained world that anyone, anywhere—even the white crow in Niigata—could feel connected with somewhere deep inside.

 

Hiroyuki Takenouchi

Hiroyuki Takenouchi

Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1982. Graduated from the Photography of Nihon University College of Art in 2008. He was the recipient of the honorable mention of the New Cosmos of Photography in 2008 and the special award of Shiogama Photo Festival in 2009. 

Solo exhibitions: Distance and Depth, Studio Staff Only (2020), The Fourth Wall, PGI (2017), Things will get better over time, Gallery Trax / Studio Staff Only (2017), Crow, Photo Gallery International (2015)

Publications: Distance and Depth, FUJITA (Jan. 2020), The Fourth Wall, T&M Projects (Nov. 2017), Things will get better over time, FUJITA (Mar. 2017)

 

 

PGI Exhibitions

Nov 1 Dec 22, 2017 The Fourth Wall
Mar 4 Apr 28, 2015 CROW
May 15 Jun 13, 2009 Liberty City at the group exhibition Making, Marking, Mapping