Posts Tagged ‘Reiko Imoto

10
Jul
12

Reiko Imoto : ‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series (Photography)

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Reiko has a unique eye and her works look mysterious and surreal, yet the subject matter that she captures are from her everyday life. Inspired by her own inner reality, subconscious world, dreams, childhood memories, psychology, Surrealist paintings and films, fairytales, music, poetry, and every single ordinary thing she sees that give her many perspectives. She is mostly interested in things which we only can see when our eyes are closed, such as dreams, memories, imagination, and so on. [Profile]

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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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This body of work is about my feeling of forgetting. Sometimes I cannot remember my dream after waking up, even though I know I had a dream and I try to recall it very much. What I remember is only a feeling or mood from the dream without visual evidence. I try to imagine things, or people’s faces as the keywords that might have been in the dream. However, there is only a mood of mystery, melancholia, nostalgia, or happiness remaining in my mind; as if I remember the smell of a particular food, but I do not remember what the food could be at all. In such occasions, I feel as if my memories and dreams are trapped in a “drawer” of my subconscious mind and I cannot find a “key” to open it and to see inside, where there would be something important for myself. I imagine that people who have amnesia must feel something like that all the time. I once had a chance to ask a question to a psychologist who studies dreams, “Do amnesiacs have dreams of their old memories?” The psychologist answered me, “Yes. They have such dreams, but they never remember what they dreamt about.” Throughout this project, I have tried to express my own feelings of a forgotten, unknown memory, imagining an atmosphere of dream visions that would never have remained in an amnesiac’s memory. Exploring the feeling of forgetting might not be as valuable as focusing on exploring the feeling of remembering in our lives. However, recognizing the existence of forgetting, as a part of the workings of the mind, might set us free from our own “mind drawers”. – Reiko Imoto : Artists Statement

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Reiko Imoto : Website

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08
Jul
12

Reiko Imoto : ‘Visions of The Other Side’ Series (Photography)

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These images are straight and non-staged. I used traditional 35mm camera with Tri-X 400 film,
whilst all of the images are printed as silver gelatin on 16″x 20″ Agfa classic fiber base paper.

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‘Feather’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Déjà vu’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘The Edge of a Memory’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Still Alive’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Mannequins Dream’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Vegetation’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Eclipse’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Civilisation’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Cloudy Room’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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‘Secret’
Gelatin silver prints
16 x 20 inches
2011
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These images represent surreal moments that I see in everyday life. On the street, or wherever I go, the hidden side of ordinary things attract my eye. To me, photography is a tool to expand ways of seeing the mysteries that I used to see easily when I was a little child. I am not interested in a documentation of reality, but I recognize my photography as its own imaginative reality. As adults, we are forced to face to one big reality that everybody shares in the society. Our life styles with advanced technologies have taken away the abilities to see the everyday magic.; we are too busy to play with our own inner realities. With my body of work, I have tried to collect and portray my inner reality of the subconscious world. I have never been able to use words to explain or express the unexpected feelings that I get from the visions of mysteries. My own reality takes place between the outside world and my imaginary world. I have to catch the “visions of the other side” carefully with my camera before they disappear. If we open mind’s eye widely, it is possible to see surreal moments that bring a fresh air into everyday life; poetic mysteries can be everywhere. [Artist Statement : Visions of the Other Side]

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Reiko Imoto : Website

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