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2006年9月14日 (木曜日)

Statement for FSC

Light, Air, and Darkness

Hiroaki Yamashita

Photographs 2006

Light, Air, and Darkness



IT WAS ON THE MLK DAY, I remembered. I landed on

Fitchburg State College, MA, USA, in January 18th, 1993.

A year later of January, 1994, I met my photo teacher, Peter

Laytin in his class. I was 20 years old who had never touched

a camera, even an instant one. I never imagined what my

future would be involved with photography, at that time.



For 11 years now, I have strolled to photograph something

invisible in nature. The subject is not exactly the nature,

itself, but it seems that it is about "something invisible."

To photograph the invisible something stayed as the

photographic subject and aesthetic goal in my life, and it

always will be. What a mysterious life turned to be.



Usually, a photographer saw a subjective matter in light and

darkness. What he/she captured as image was the moment

with variations of light and darkness, and the subject

spontaneously became the 2D visual matter. On the other

hand, some photographers saw a different subjective matter

beyond the photography; that is, something invisible. In fact,

I am not the exception. What a crazy Japanese I am!



When the wind blows, it shakes the branches of tree and

their shadows on the ground are blurred. The image is

captured as light and darkness, seen as black and white in

my photographs. It is simple and beautiful as it is, but I see

more. The moment provides me to feel many things at once,

which are the atmosphere with the sound, temperature, and

time, etc. After 11 years, it happened to me to realize that

the generic term for them is "Air." Air exists between light

and darkness, and it becomes my feeling at each places that

I would like to express as photographs. Here is my memory

of the first "Air" of my photograph, from the very first 35mm

negative roll;



Standing alone, I waited for public safety and resident

assistance in the middle of campus for long minutes on the

night of 1993. Actually I didn't even know what would be

happened to me next and who was coming to meet. I just

waited in a silence. I couldn't imagine what was exactly in

mind of the 19 years old boy back then, however, I still

remember the feeling of first view of America; the wide-

opened campus, the quiet snow, a tree with a long shadow,

and bright yellow lights with dim brick houses behind. They

were in the air. I was cold and exhausted after the long

hours of air flights, but I felt rather numb and relieved in the

same time, by seeing the peaceful view, which made me

away from the feeling in a mixture of excitement and anxiety

for future. A year later in Peter's class, I decided to

photograph the view. Everything started from there. What an

unforgettable memory it was.



I never knew it. I never forget the air.



Hiroaki Yamashita



September 13th, 2006





THANKS TO;

My parents. My sister and brother,

The framer, Mr.Kouichiro and Ryouichi Yamaguchi.

The great photographer, Kazuo Kitai. Art Space Motor, Mr.

and Mrs. Hayashi. My best friends, Peter Jennings, Rebecca

Kiley, Brian Duguay, Henry, Greg, Mike and Leslie, Spider. My

first roommate, Tim Lambert and his wife, Katy, his brother,

Shawn. My american family, Mr. and Mrs. Lambert, and Mr.

and Mrs. Jennings. My wonderful teachers, Peter Laytin,

Bonnie House, Gunther Hoos, Jane Fiske. People I met in

Boston, Brooke Kanal, Randall Armor, Steve Marcel, Bruce T.

Martin, Jack Ridley, Tom Okada, Larry, Steve, and Cindy.

People I met in Concord, Tim Atkins, Linda Anderson. Susan,

Amy, and Geoff White. And Shane, Azure, and Lauren for

supporting this exhibition.

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