Until the appearance of color photography, people used to hand color black and white pictures to show “what they really see”. In this project, I took the reverse approach and asked because of the advent of color photography “what we do not see anymore”, what could only be expressed through black and white photography? Traditionally, Japanese culture has a minimalist aesthetic derived from Zen philosophy. This is the idea that too much information prevents us from seeing the essence of objects, ideas and the real beauty behind them. Through this project, I got rid of color, the models’ facial expressions and objects that would show the year the photo was taken in order to focus on capturing the nostalgic moments of ordinary people from different backgrounds. Through this project, staying true to Zen ideals, I tried to capture the essence and beauty of human beings laying beneath the surface.
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