Today’s digital cameras allow for direct meditations on the passage of shared time. Recognising the emergence of rephotographing as an experiential practice, this temporary series draws attention to images of Tokyo by me and occasionally those by my three-year-old son. Taking regular walks together between Yanaka (where we live) and Marunouchi (Tokyo’s ‘centre’), each of us would interact with our surroundings with different intensities of perception: he would look at and respond to the same particular visual markers, and I would look out for anything that could jeopardise such engagement (buses, bikes, bicycles, cars etc.)
While the images explore a contrast in our perceptions, they also highlight where we overlap as two entities within space, where our creative sensibilities crossover, and where we can learn from one another. I’m numb to it, but everything in Tokyo has agency to a three-year-old, and various collaborators (e.g. ‘Megu’ the cat, ‘orange ball,' ‘Jōban sen,' ‘yellow paint,' and ‘Mr Turtle,’) all make brief repeated appearances. Tokyo – and all its forms and characters – is shaped here by two different heights, methods, and expectations, in congruence but also at odds: the images balancing our ‘playing’ with the necessity of making creative sense of what’s around us. For me, this quasi ‘snapshot/street photography’ aesthetic is a departure from how I would normally produce images, but it highlights the impact he has had on my seeing-in-the-world, and gives me hope that some of these images might also live on in him.
Trying is a key word in this work. Each day between 17–24 August 2018, the images will be shown in a different order. Some new ones may be added and others removed. Do let us know your thoughts about particular images or sequences using the ‘Feedback’ button.