Searching For Lights
As an aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011, the night view of Tokyo has darkened because of the implementation of energy-saving initiatives. This made me question about our lives ablaze with lights.
Japanese writer, Junichiro Tanizaki, wrote the beauty of shades and shadows existing in Japanese daily life in his essay, ‘In Praise of Shadows", published in 1933.
I was wondering what kind of lights and shadows were seen by this author. I believe that every civilization has its characteristic lights and shadows and this mirrors the society itself.
I am taking photographs of architectures and gardens built more than a hundred years ago, utilizing natural lights that illuminate the structures. Trying to capture the lights of the ancient times means that we are not only thinking about the past but also about the present and the future.