TOKYO YOUNG BLOOD, PART 2:

INTRODUCING JAPAN'S FRESHEST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS. INTERVIEWS BY TAKA ARAKAWA.

3:MAYUMI HOSOKURA

MAYUMI HOSOKURA

Which subjects have you focused on in your work ?

Mostly youth and sexuality.

How do you feel about Japan? How has living in Japan influenced your work?

I like Japan, also East Asia. I think Asian culture influenced me a lot. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korean movies are my favorite. Also I like Japanese and Korean Hip hop and K-pop. Japanese comic/Anime also. All Asian current cultures are influenced by America, but the hybrid mix cultures are very interesting for me.

How do you define aesthetic beauty? Is this relevant to your work ?

I use aesthetic beauty as crèche to create a new model of beauty. I would like to confuse the viewers about who they are.

Do you prefer modern (digital) or traditional (analogue) photographic processes? Why?

I use analogue processes. But I recently my way of thinking is very influenced by the digital, social way. For example I use 6colors (YMCRGB) filters in dark room to show the possibility that photography has multiple image before presentation. That idea came from filters especially INSTAGRAM.

What do you hope will happen next with your work?

I don't know  what will happen next, after I started new work...  haha.

http://hosokuramayumi.com/

4: NOZOMI TERANISHI

NOZOMI TERANISHI

Which subjects have you focused on in your work?

I started teaching myself photography with an aim toward visual expression. I wanted to connect people with people, and connect people with nature. This was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Ever since I began photography, I always took photos of people. And recently, I created a photography series about standards of beauty, capitalism, minimalism, food safety, my experience of the earthquake, the issue of radioactive contamination due to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, and so on.

How do you feel about Japan? How has living in Japan influenced your work?

Like many other countries, Japan has a lot of problems; however, because of that, I think we can have more hope for the future. Living and being raised in Japan influenced my work, in that I unintentionally have a unique viewpoint of the Japanese. For example, I assume that from the time of birth, I unconsciously believe that spirit and life reside within everything in the universe. Also, regarding about the colors and compositions of my works, I think I am definitely inspired by the beauty of nature that is represented in the four seasons in Japan.

 How do you define aesthetic beauty? Is this relevant to your work?

I define aesthetic beauty as beauty that can heal people, get people to open up, make positive changes, and contribute to creating more of an organic approach in all aspects of our lives. To pursue true aesthetic beauty, I think that I need to have not only techniques for generating moving visual stimuli, but also emotional or spiritual experiences, excitements, exchanges, questions, whispers, and wishes in my work.

Do you prefer modern (digital) or traditional (analogue) photographic processes? Why?

I prefer modern (digital) photographic process for my creation so far since I am interested in facing living and social related problems in the modern (digital) age seriously, through my digital photographic process, not through a traditional way.

What do you hope will happen next with your work?

I have many experimental ideas I want to try with people. One of my ideas is to live together with a group of people, taking photographs, in nature for a week or longer. During the stay, I want to make some rules and see how they change our thoughts and activities.

Eg・No use of a clock or any digital devices

・No processed food

・Always dress the same (hite T-shirts, blue jeans) etc…

I am not sure when I can try this idea, but I will try this when the time comes. Anyway, I simply hope I can keep creating visual images for positive changes.

http://www.nozomiteranishi.com/