When it comes to explaining this photo book in short terms,
I think it’s a “resistance to my daughter’s growth”in a positive way,
with just a bit of pessimistic feeling.
As she grew up and starts seeing world outside,
I felt happy,
But at the same time,
I felt that this was my last chance to show my presence as a father.
(More precisely, I made up my mind that this would be the last one.)
Choosing my daughter as an object, I compiled our records of a year into work with the hope that she would turn around and look at me.
Physically and Mentally.
The mask functions as not only a mysterious item that draws our attentions.
but also something that changes her mood/mode to the unordinary world.
It also means it’s a switch to draw her attention to the photographer
: a switch to turn her attention from outside of the world to me as a father .
Unlike rabbits that stay cute forever as they grow up,
tigers, which grow up with their size and atmosphere,
became a perfect icon to represent “growth,”the theme of this photo book.
Whether this is just simply my Japanese fatherhood or this is actually a universal fatherhood,
I am so looking forward to finding out.