Kosuke Okahara: Blue Affair (Edition of 800 signed copies)

Kosuke Okahara, text by Tatsuya Ishikawa

The Backyard, 2020


“Recurring recollections of his time in a town started infiltrating the dreams of a photographer, pushing him to return to the dream and leaving reality.”

“blue affair” is an experimental shortfilm and a photobook based on the photographer’s dreams of his time spent in the town called Koza.

In the pictures captured in Koza by Kosuke Okahara, I don’t see the photographer. It’s not because he was the one photographing, or for some other physical reasons. I don’t find superficial emotions emanating through his lens from either the subjects or from the photographer. This might not make sense, but it feels to me as though while the photographer was with his subjects, looking directly at them, he was actually observing from another realm. What is left are pictures free from superficial emotions such as warmth and sadness and left with an almost unbearable weight of presence. Without a doubt, in those moments, while sharing the same space, he was observing from some other dimension. (Tatsuya Ishikawa)



Ca. 190 ongenummerde pagina's, 22,8 x 17 cm, geïllustreerd, hardcover, Japans/Engels