I am intrigued by the images of our dreams just before awakening: it is difficult to find the logic there, there is nothing to indicate time, the space is indeterminate. In my work, I try to create an atmosphere that is quite close to those dream images.
During the shooting, everything seems to be under my control.
I examine the (day) light in advance, according to my planning I build up a scene and fix the pose of the (female) models, as if they are dolls.
Still, I leave a certain space for what happens on the spot: unexpected light effects or a subtle change in the pose of the model…
The faces of the models are hidden. It is not clear whether we see a frozen moment of what was going on (whatever it is) or rather if they are waiting to be awakened from a long, long sleep. It is important for me to keep this ambiguity.
These anonymous women are balancing on a thin line between the childlike and the sensual, the fragile and the destructive, the tragic and the playful.
— Kumi Oguro