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Aug 2014 back issue
by Osamu Jinguji
To put it succinctly, my work is not the result of simply TAKING A PHOTO.
It is to EXCISE a precise cross-section of all times, spaces and emotions flowing in parallel with the other worlds on a
It is to completely REPRODUCE a part of my intrinsic poetry, as a lost piece of my puzzle, imparting a transmission of
my life philosophy.
With each photo comes a REBIRTH of my soul as another piece of MYSELF and a REMINDER of my MEMORIES
beyond a time and space, which would otherwise be forever lost in the many stories of my short life and its endless
Additionally, the subjects of my photographs, especially regarding my current and future worlds revolving in B&W, do
not merely suggest that which is VISIBLE, but as much carry with them aspects of the INVISIBLE. This tension
between that which is seen, and that which is unseen suggests the INFINITE that I try to capture with my photography.
Of course, no one has the power to confer immortality. However, only every minds and souls are surely deferent from
them at that point. Therefore, every soul’s energy oscillates unto INFINITY. One well understood aspect of the eternal
nature of the soul is that of artistic expression. This is the real power of ART: to crystallize the ultimately impermanent
nature of the artist’s soul into something that can reach toward the infinite.
Thus, each powerful creative expression can reach beyond the physical, and build upon other such unexpected
phenomena. Such phenomena, linking disparate places in time and space, and other important ELEMENTS like
mankind, are like tiny bubbles drifting across our ephemeral nature on this planet, situated as it is in the long, long,
long time and history of the UNIVERSE.
Whoever can feel it at the UNCONSCIOUS level in their day-to-day life, will be able to step beyond the BORDERS to
tap into their most primitive and wildest senses, step by step, more and more, with increasing accuracy.
This is how I believe things to be, at least, as long as I remain in this world.
A spherical dome constructed as a portion of the building of a famous television company located at the New Tokyo
Waterfront Sub-center Area so called ‘ODAIBA’
A tower rearing into the sky in an elevator system factory
located at Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Cat’s footprints left on the stairs of an ancient apartment
located at Shinjuku, Tokyo.
An illustration painted onto the front side of a building located Ginza, Tokyo.
Two American submarines anchoring off a pier in Yokosuka harbor, Kanagawa.
The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum located Katsurahama, Kochi [Sakamoto Ryoma, born in Kochi in 1835,
made a great contribution to Japan’s rapid modernization, marked the end of 700 years of feudal government (the
SAMURAI period) and was assassinated by men of the sword so called ‘SAMURAI’ warriors in 1967.]
A spiral staircase, Tokyo.
Street art located Shibuya, Tokyo.
An amusement park on closing day, near Yokohama Harbor, Kanagawa.
Entrance of the roadside cosmetic store located in
A cracked mannequin under the hot summer sun in front
of the apparel store located in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Four Mannequins, bicycles and an exclamation mark (!) reflected in a window across the road located in Omotesando,
A cracked baby doll discarded in Omotesando, Tokyo.
A crow picking up a worm in Shibuya, Tokyo.
A man selling fishes roasted with salt from a stall at the summer festival of Hanazono Shrine located in Shinjuku,
A variety of naked dolls in a showcase at the shopping mall located in Nakano, Tokyo.
A view from the cross road located in Omotesando, Tokyo.
Giant faces of two men reflected in a window of a building in Roppongi, Tokyo.
A lot of dolls in an arcade game in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Two girls reflected in a window of a building in Ginza, Tokyo.