Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Nakamura Toshikazu, "Kokoro" and the running cat.

What can one do when creativity comes knocking? There's no use struggling to remain calm and sane. Like swimming against a raging river, it becomes an exercise in futility. Let go of the last piece of driftwood and take the plunge.

This autumn we're going down to Fukuoka to photograph for our upcoming book on traditional shamisenbori tattooist Nakamura Toshikazu. His style is based on the same culture as Horiyoshi III of Yokohama, still geographical, personal and other differences sees the artistic results in a whole different dress. It will be very interesting to approach his work phographically, since time place and subject twists the arm of creation. What form will we discover this time?

All the initial photography form our next book, "Kokoro", a journey into the spirit of horiyoshi III, has now been edited. This means in no way that we are even close to the finnished book. Now comes selection, wrestling with the contextual form and giving it a final shape in design.
time runs faster than a cat who's tail caught fire! Grab hold!

(photograph of Horikazu captured on a river boat in Fukuoka, Japan, September 2009 by Alex reinke. Irezumi work by Horiyoshi III)

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