A few notes on the process
In the last blog, I wrote about photographic expression. For this blog, I’ll try to dig into more detailed considerations that occur to me during the creative photography process.
In thinking of the theme for my photographic creations, I often read several books for inspiration. For this work with its very broad theme of “People and nature,” I read the following book several times: 『Ningeru no mori (Ningeru tribe’s forest)』, the Ainu fable by Sou Kuramoto about the Ningeru dwarfs and their perspective on humans and nature among other things. The fact that when I was young, I had my favorite teacher read this story to me helped me to form my outlook on nature.
In order to more concretely visualize the idea I have in my head, I first create a rough draft.
For these types of photographic works, to present the human body with extra grace, I usually refer to sculptures or paintings of nudes, often looking at art books as well.
I draw the rough version first, photograph it, then take it again after penciling in a few corrections … In this way, I gradually formulate a concrete image of the idea I have in my head.
For these photos, one coat of Boston Ivy and moss is digitally layered on another, until most of the human body is enmeshed– I often thought this artificial process itself represents the human ego. Even though we have managed to capture the man and nature theme, it was in the end the result of an artificial process.
Though I often think about these kinds of issues, I actually have a lot of fun with creative photography; let’s call it “serious fun.”
Born in 1990 in Tokyo and living in Tokyo.
She graduated from the Nihon Daigaku (Nihon University) photography section of the Fine Arts department, she then enrolled in the first year of the masters degree in fine arts specializing in digital imaging at the same university.
2013 Nihon Daigaku Fine Arts — Dean’s prize