Imperfect moment: Embracing Wabi

Selected by Yoshiro Fukukawa (Blitz Gallery Gallerist)

Gallerist's Statement

Deserted Memories
by Naoki Shimomoto

Deserted Memories

A difference of the rich and poor begins to open by recent economic dullness in Japan. The number of people who are in this middle class decreases, and it is said that
bipolarization advances more in future.
The town of an inner city developing to the change of the times. The number of youths decreases in contrast with it year by year, and the district is dotted with the small
towns where it is becoming difficult to regain former vigor how many. The life that it is made a clear distinction from two lines by a human being growing old, a declining town,
urban convenience. Therefore living people do not think it to be unhappy, but feel the atmosphere that is sad in some way from those towns.
It is small scenery of those small towns to have chosen as an object of the photography.
It was not made for the purpose of the thing that I appreciated including a house, a store, a warehouse, the factory trace. It is a part of the life of the town to the last. I became
obsolete with the decline of the town by the progress of the time. I felt graphical beauty while feeling difficulty of the life there when I was opposite to these subjects and
continued photographing it.
As for this, it is memorized the local small town.
It is the small scenery which I showed me while the life of a town and the person grows old, the documentary.


I feel a graphical thing attracted visually to be and continue work production.
There is it in contradiction, a difference, opaque circumstances, feelings, psychology, the change of modern people living in that that the modern society has; is gloomy, and
pick up a secret problem, and promote problem submission with the posture that is positive by letting sublimate as the image that pop, is a typology. At the same time I aim at the work which I watch it, and can color the life of the person with bamboo grass.

Naoki Shimomoto is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan.
To view more of Naoki Shimomoto's work, please visit his website.

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