SAME IS NOT THE SAME, 2018
SAME IS NOT THE SAME
50 x 60 cm
Digital baryta prints, framed Edition 6 + 2AP
Same is not the same was commissioned by European Eyes on Japan, a publishing project active since 1999 that annually invites European photographers to record for posterity images of the various prefectures of Japan and contemporary Japanese lives. As an islander, I am acutely psychologically aware of the perimeter of my own island. Hachinohe was intriguing in relation to the people’s identity and how this relates to their proximity to the perimeter of their island and their subsequent sense of ‘belonging’. I spent most of my time by the coast along the Same area which geographically includes the areas Kabushima, Okuki and Shirahama along the Tanesashi Coast. I lived with people whose behaviour reinforced the notion of continental islands always serving as a reminder that the sea is on top of the earth and as one acquaintance pointed out, modern culture is man-made and we must not forget the magnitude of nature; structures at the periphery are nothing but a preparation and attempt at co-existing with the sea.