I repeatedly travel to my hometown on the Boso Peninsula. The light subtly shifts with the time that passes. My consciousness as I step on the grass also shifts slowly. This world that I see through the lens is changing little by little, even though it looks the same. And when the scene in front of me becomes fragments, my familiar hometown appears as if it were a distant frontier. Seeking the tremors that wells up in my heart at that moment, I continue to photograph Boso, as if possessed by "Soko Ichiri".
(There is an old saying, "Kazusa no Soko Ichiri". It means that if you ask for directions in Kazusa, the answer is "right there," but when you actually walk there, you will find that it is about "Ichiri" away.)
Near yet far, far yet near. The photograph transcends my consciousness and the way I see the world is gradually changing. Shaken by a nostalgia that friendly but awkward, I may encounter Boso anew. So, no matter how many shots I take there, I can't help but feel that there is "something more."
*Ichiri is about four kilometers.
Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "Soko Iciri," an exhibition of photographs by Atsuto Shimada from May 14 to June 5, 2022.
This exhibition will be a new exhibition of the same title series held at Ricoh Imaging Square in 2021.
Atsuto Shimada has been creating photography works shooting on the Boso Peninsula using the same lens and film since shortly after he started his career as an artist. He develops and prints his own work, chooses the same format that can be continued, and repeats discovery, training, and construction. His approach is very photographic, and at the same time, it seems to be similar to creating haiku and tanka poems. He continues to photograph the seemingly unchanging scenery of the Boso Peninsula for searching of something that can only be seen by continuing to look at it. His photographs show us the beauty of noticing the little things occur daily. This exhibition will feature about 15 monochrome prints. We hope you will take this opportunity to see the sceneries through his eyes, along with the beauty of his delicate prints.
(Kyoko Ota, Kinkangallery)
*Sanitizing sprays are placed at the entrance, and air is changed periodically. Please wear a mask and disinfect at the entrance when you visit.
*In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, admission may be restricted for safety reasons.