Publisher: うたかた堂 / UTAKATADO Publishing
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When I was a schoolboy, I would often imagine myself being a tiny person the size of an insect, setting off for an adventure across my study desk, fighting ants and mantises along the way. One day after growing up to be a man, I unexpectedly remembered the imaginary world of my childhood. “What if I could become that small person again? Then where would I go? What kind of photographs would I take?”
溝 Mizo (A ditch). It is quite an ordinary thing you can see anywhere when you are out and look down around your feet. But from a tiny person’s perspective, there is a totally different story. The walls of the ditch are so tall and stretch endlessly on both sides, arousing feelings of uncertainty. And the unique landscape there leads to a fantastic feeling. I wanted to have an adventure in the ditches and take photographs of their landscapes.
This series of photographs was taken in a specific way so that they look as if they were photographed by a small person in the ditches. They allow us to see and learn something of the imaginary world from that tiny perspective. That is the “power” of photography.
I name the genre of this work Micro Landscape Photography. I hope you will enjoy this view of the world.
Translated by Hisato Kawata
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