broken hallelujah (2008 ~2015)

 

Inspired by Leonard Cohens songHallelujah, I travelled to Israel in June,
2008. Cohen
s biblical anecdotes inspired me to seek better self-awareness and personal expression.

I took photographs on film but they were all damaged by the x-rays at the airport.

An unpleasant wave-like pattern scarred all the pictures I made.

I hid all these photographs in my room and showed nobody.

 

Three years later, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck.

I was 10 miles away when the earthquake happened. I returned home by car and the journey took a lot longer than usual. I learnt of the devastation from news on the radio.

A few days later, radioactivity began to leak from the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture where I lived.

Everyone feared the invisible radioactivity.

I looked at the map indicating affected areas circulating the nuclear power plant.

I was reminded of my damaged photographs.

Shown here is a series of photographs I took of a baptism in the Jordan River.

I am praying that the ground and the sea in my hometown washes as soon as possible and are purified.

I hope all the people can return.

 

 

2008年6月 イスラエル・ヨルダン川での洗礼式を撮影した

帰国後 全ての写真には入国の際にX線が照射された影響によるおびただしい

波模様が被せられていた  私は誰にもそれらを見せることなく部屋に隠した

 

3年後 私の暮らす福島県の原子力発電所では放射能が漏れ始めた

「目に見えない“ 線 ”に対する恐怖」

私は写真にあらわれていた波がフクシマの地図に引かれた 原発からの距離半径の

線に似ているように思えてならなかった 

そしてそれらを 大地と海が洗い浄められ 皆が故郷へ帰れるようにと祈りを込めて 

発表しようと決めたのだ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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