Masako Miyazaki The Other Side Series (Photography)

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“What is
On the other side
In the forest
draped in uncertainty
I am alone,
gazing in admiration”

Masako Miyazaki

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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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Masako Miyazaki’s book The Other Side, was published in late 2011 by Tosei-sha. On viewing it feels like you’re being taken by the hand on a journey into different places. That is not just physical locations, but places in the mind. On studying the images closely, they were taken in a variety of locations, there are images of Japan and elsewhere, yet despite the variety, the image content, texture and style allows them to be presented together whilst maintaining a common theme between them. Location or subject is not what strings them together. On a depictive level, a commonality between the images soon becomes apparent: as the square black and white images almost all seem to be focused on the very remote distance, irrespective of whether the near distance contains any subject of interest.

Additionally, a very close distance object is often obscuring our view slightly – a wall, high-grown grass, a tree, bushy vegetation or similar. We’re often peering over or around those obstructions with a sense of safety as if guarding us from the scene from waist level (possibly due to the use of a medium format camera with waist level finder), like a child who stumbled upon a scene accidentally while running after a ball or a butterfly. Now we find ourselves slightly outside our comfort zone, exactly on the thin line of being equally thrilled and curious to move further while at the same time frightened and wanting to go back to familiar grounds. Here we stand still now, hearing only our own breath and the sounds of nature, frozen in time by our minds and in turn by the capture of the photograph. We’ve become one with the scene, with the environment, except that unlike the trees or bushes around us we have a gaze into the scene and our view is set on the horizon, the infinite distance. – [Extract : J.E.]

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Masako Miyazaki : Website

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