JUNPEI UEDA’S “PICTURE OF MY LIFE” CEIBA EDITION AVAILABLE
In 2015, Junpei Ueda participated RPS photobook as an object workshop led by Jan Rosseel and Yumi Goto. His book project developed, numbered of dummies produced and finally 21 artist book were produced by himself. RPS also organized the book launch and exhibition and 21 of artist edition were sold out already. In order to distribute to as many as people possible, we collaborate again with Italian publisher CEIBA EDITIONS and they have printed 500 editions. It’s slightly revised from the original Ueda’s artist book but reproduced faithfully in details.
PICTURE OF MY LIFE
I have this desire in me, to sum up my own life in the form of a story.
My parents killed themselves, one after the other, in the winter of 1998.
My mother’s depression led her to take her own life, and my father followed her shortly after, only nine days later. Having suddenly a closer relationship with death at just 21 years of age, I decided to write down the things I saw around me, as they were, and to capture in photographs the emotions that I would only be able to feel there and then.
I was now alone in the house we had all lived in as a family. I had almost completely lost sight of the point in living. But, even so, I kept on living. Though my parents weren’t there, I had the many paintings that my father left me, and the family pictures that my mother loved taking. They spoke to and consoled me.
Happiness, is “living alongside the people you love”.
Surrounded and engulfed in the love of my parents, I was taught the meaning of happiness.
Now, after being blessed with a new family and a child of my own, I am surprised to find myself having conversations with my parents, who still live on inside of me.
The look that I give my child overlaps with the look that my parents once wrapped me in.
It is then that I sense that my parents are still here with me and I get a feeling of happiness, like I am being watched over.
If you are able share your love for someone, perhaps you never really die.
In order to continue living with the people I love, I want to share with my family what I have learned from my parents. And I would like to share it with all of you, in the form of a book.
Picture of My Life
248mm x 176 mm
140 pages / 78 photographs / ENGLISH AND JAPANESE BILINGUAL
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Page spreads Junpei Ueda’s PICTURE OF MY LIFE, CEIBA EDITION