Haruka (The Sun & Scent), Tokyo, 2010



Walls is a portrait project which embraces foreignness and alienness within each of us.

This project has been heavily inspired by the old walls in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where I have occasionally visited since 2008. After I had experienced a personal conflict with a friend of mine, I noticed that sometime it was much easier for people to build up a wall to keep distance rather than to try to reconcile. This experience turned my eyes to the old walls in the old city of Ahmedabad as a metaphor of physical and psychological barriers for local people who had diverse faith and communal tensions.

Having this awareness gradually sank in, I used the large-format camera to observe differences and foreignness as invisible walls within people around me. In a moment of picture making, something very intense but fragile fell upon us. That told us none remain here for long, just passing through each other. It was not only myself, but also every one of us who was foreign to this world.

Each is such an intense and various concentration as the world has never known before...as matchless as a snowflake. (James Agee, 1940)








Each is such an intense and various concentration as the world has never known before...as matchless as a snowflake. (James Agee, 1940)

わたしたちはそれぞれに全く異なる何かのかたまりであり、世界は後にも先にも同じ存在を知らない。それは雪の結晶のように。(ジェームス・アジー 1940)



Gelatin silver hand print on fibre-based paper, with selenium-toned. Edition Number of 6 (11"x14") and 3 (20"x24") with Wooden Box Frame and Window Mount.




Kagami, Japanese for a mirror, is an attempt to contemplate an idea of photography in landscapes. 

This series was photographed in the city of Gandhinagar, which was named after Gandhi, so-called the Father of the Nation in India. Being located on the west central point of the Industrial corridor between Delhi, the political capital of India, and Mumbai, the financial capital of India, Gandhinagar is relatively new capital city of Gujarat, Western part of India. The city's masterplan was drawn by an architect H.K. Mewada, one of apprentices of Le Corbusier.

However, the city itself seemed less convenient for those who had limited access to motorbikes and cars. When I lived in there from 2014 -16, working as a photographer and a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design (NID), I found it quite difficult to move from one place to another even with public transports. Incidentally, It was when girls needed much more precautions for their own safety after public outcries of accusing cruel gang rape cases that had happened across the country.

As night fell, the streets were deserted. I wished to go out to observe how locals spend their evenings and take photographs of them, which wasn't quite possible most of time for transportation and safety reasons. Instead, just around the corners, I found empty billboards, being covered by darkness and having feeble lights reflected on. Looking at its framed-silvery-surface, I realised how it visually resembled to a traditional black and white photograph. I compelled to photograph these 'found photographs' in landscape, which were embodied with light, shadow, and void.





from colour negatives in 4x5 in. and BW negatives in 6x6 and 4x5 in.
2014 onwards, Work-in-progress.