In 2019, the Botín Centre celebrates the 25th anniversary of Itineraries, the annual exhibition that displays the work of the artists awarded the Botín Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant each year, which has been running since 1993.
Ten years ago I stopped photography because I had to work to sustain my needs. For 10 years I haven’t taken any single picture. I couldn’t, I felt paralyzed, like a dead man. I met Jacob (Jacob Aue Sobol / Magnum Photos Workshop) and he really inspired me. During the workshop I was at last able to take pictures again. I actually shot thousands of pictures in just four days. It was like as if I couldn’t stop any more. Jacob woke me up and brought me to a higher level. I felt like I was just reborn! I was too fast at shooting sometimes, so because of that my pictures can be a little superficial. Jacob told me that it was good that I was being really productive, but that sometimes I should try and go deeper. I have the accelerator and the brake under control now, so I just have to find the right balance for me.
I see photography as a fragment. For this series, I gathered fragments of Tokyo. They are simply ‘fragments.’ Tokyo is a big city and it’s not my hometown. I am actually from Osaka and I do feel very isolated here, but I guess it is probably the case for many people. Photography captures the object and at the same time reveals the photographer himself. So this story is pretty much about isolation. I wanted to look at the city where I am living and find out more about myself, so I went out and photographed everything I saw. And also this series is homage to Jacob’s I, Tokyo.
–from an interview, Olivier Laurent / British Journal of Photography