Friday, December 4
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lights in the City
From the practice of Zen Buddhism I have learned that our existence is composed of interconnected relationships. This notion has inspired me to use photography to reveal and establish such dynamics and connections. While in Japan, I attended Nagoya University where I gained BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience. After moved US in 1992, I started using camera and capture the people and city of Chicago. I learned photography from photojournalist Damaso Reyes.
My series “Lights in Chicago” has roots in the previous pictures I took, but the project officially started in 2011. For “Lights in the City” I have been using a off camera flash on streets. I use light trees positioned behind the subject to produce the backlit effect. Through unique illuminations, I aim to capture social and cultural complexities within our society. In opening my own mind to new and often frightful vulnerabilities, I offer the viewer an opportunity for parallel understanding and connectivity.