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Naoya Hatakeyama : Blast Series

Blast 5414
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Blast 5415
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Blast 5416
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Blast 5417
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Blast 5418
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Blast 5419
C-Print
38 x 57 cm
1995-99

Japanese photographer ‘Naoya Hatakeyama’ has been working for a number of years in limestone quarries capturing a series of explosions. Taken with a remote controlled camera set up meters from the explosions, these high speed images explore the total arrest of dynamic movement.

The “Blast” series was worked on in 1995 and completed in 1999. It had been preceded by “Underground (tunnel series)” and “Underground (details series)”, both collections unearthed the secret layout beneath Tokyo streets. Although reflecting distinctive experiences, they all refer to a unique experience, with the unique character of the configuration and the movement being captured with the lens. The material conditions of the explosion are separation, division, and detachment. Unity is preceded by multiplicity.

Because he is unable to control or foresee the composition of the final picture, Hatakeyama’s photographs are powerful metaphors of modernity, technological images in which destruction and construction occur in the same instant. Here, the act of creation occurs in a simultaneous time and space as the explosion. [Extract : Valerie Portefaix : Published in Tofu#3]

Naoya Hatakeyama : L.A. Galerie : Works


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