My project has got underway with a mammoth day.
It started in London on Sunday morning at Heathrow, and I’m now ending it on Monday evening, after a 13 hour flight to Osaka (via Helsinki), and a successful onward trip to Hiroshima.
Genbaku Dome Peace Memorial, Hiroshima. Camera obscura image. 1.10.18.
Hiroshima comes with a huge weight of expectation, making any kind of artistic interpretation full of pitfalls. So I was really keen to use a different approach to capture my first impressions, and decided to make a pin hole camera obscura.
I particularly like the unfinished nature of this kind of photography - and the layering of paper inside the camera adds depth and perspective.
The dome: the only direct architectural reference of the atomic bombing, is a magnet for tourists and photographers, so it was fun to wander around with my black box.
Tomorrow I will meet Professor Nassrine Azimi, the co-founder of ‘Green Legacy Hiroshima’, to talk in more detail about my research into the Survivor Trees of Hiroshima - the ‘Hibaku-Jumoku’.
I am also very fortunate to be receiving samples from these trees, to use in my project.
I’ll end the day travelling to Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park where I’ll be staying for the next month to make new ceramic works for an exhibition.
The Peace Park at dusk.