▶坂田栄一郎 ー 江ノ島◀
It’s a dream of mine to spend a Summer photographing Enoshima, the beach resort and island an hour outside of Tokyo. With lucite heeled, gel filled bra girls in full make-up and cheeky chimpira boys it has a unique and intense energy, the dark volcanic sand looks like mud when wet and it’s one of the few places in Japan you feel you have to really take care of your things unless they might be stolen.
Photographer Eiichiro Sakata has been photographing the youth of Enoshima since the early 90’s for a body of work that will be on display at the Hara Gallery next month.
‘The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the first public showing of Eiichiro Sakata’s Enoshima, a photo series comprised mainly of landscapes encountered by the famed photographer during visits to Enoshima. Sakata, a master of portrait photography, began taking photos of summer beach goers at the seaside resort south of Tokyo during the latter half of the 1990s. The results after 16 years of shooting are vibrant portraits of Japanese youth and vivid still-lifes of their various belongings lying casually on picnic sheets, scenes that may be thought of as ″portraits without people.″ Together, they show the truly variegated character and rapidly changing face of contemporary Japan. In total, some 40 color photographs will be shown (including about 10 portraits). “I hope people living in these complicated and unpredictable times will feel a positive energy in these images of young people, and that that energy will lift up their spirits.″ Instilled in the exhibition is the sincere hope for the future, of a photographer who through his full engagement with his subjects and his sharp and perceptive eye has captured and recorded the genuine spirit of his times.’
Sakata-sans purpose for taking photos resonates strongly with me when I think of the body of work TOkyo Dandy has amassed over the past 5 years, ‘I take photographs in order to come face to face with the energy being emitted by people, to take it in and to rejuvenate my own spirit with it. I want to convey a message to society through my photographs. I hope people living in these complicated and unpredictable times will feel a positive energy in these images of young people, and that that energy will lift up their spirits.’
Eiichiro Sakata ‘Enoshima’
HARA GALLERY TOKYO
July 13 (Saturday) – September 29 (Sunday), 2013