I had a dialogue with Mr. Taniguchi of Kurenbo in the form of a letter back and forth, focusing on the Buddhist concept of “emptiness,” which I encountered while pondering the “emptiness” that had been haunting my consciousness since the creation of this solo exhibition, “Dance with Blanks. Taniguchi-san is not only a specialist in Buddhism, but also a forerunner in creating photographs that lend his body to the world, and it was an experience full of insights. This should be a good opportunity to think about consciousness and the body in photography from many angles, please read on.
To tell you the truth, talking about something about photography or myself is a somewhat divisive task, and I agonize to the point of wincing every time. When I’m on deadline, I finally come to the conclusion that I have no choice but to use my own words, no matter how poor they are, and I have no choice but to choose words that are as frank and personal as possible.
I would like to thank Mr. Taniguchi for catching my wild pitches and returning them to my chest, changing the type of pitch each time, and Mr. Takahashi and Mr. Hinton for their excellent knife work, like a first-class chef who never lets you notice his handiwork. Thank you very much.