THE RESTORATION WILL ESSAY #3 BLUE WAVE BY MAYUMI SUZUKI
Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery will be organizing the first exhibition of 2017, Mayumi Suzuki’s “The Restoration Will.” She is one of the 2016 Photobook As Object workshop participants and she has been working on her book project “The Restoration Will” almost a year since the workshop and finally it’ll be launched at the exhibition. Prior to the show, Mayumi is sharing a series of her essay.
Mayumi Suzuki’s exhibition
March 4th to 26th. Open Everyday 1 to 7pm at the Reminders Photography Stronghold gallery.
Opening reception and artist talk on March 11th at 6pm.
In the middle of my book, there is shining blue wave. It is a photo of noctiluca taken when I visited the Izu peninsula for my job. On the fishing boat, I became seasick, I lost my sense of balance, I was so surprised that it reminded me about my parents. The noctiluca had such a mysterious dazzling blue light which I had never seen before in my life.
I wondered if the noctiluca image fitted my project or not, finally, I decided to add it. You know, the pacific ocean is so wide and spreads across the world. The debris from the tsunami reached as far as the pacific coast of America and Hawaii far from Japan. I wonder where my parents have gone now, maybe to Hawaii? We often compare the deceased to stars, the sparkling noctiluca can be thought of this way in my book.
When I edited my book, I was considering which page was good for inserting this image because the story could be changed depending on it. If I put it after the rugged cliff, it would seem they had been kidnapped by the tsunami. Or they could be returning to town if I put after the silent photo. I hope to leave the interpretation of the blue wave meaning in the reader’s hands.
English proofreading: Mike Ward
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