shine on, Japan
a photographic project by Fabrizio Quagliuso
Exhibition: From 11 March 2012 @ Electric Coffee Co.
40 Haven Green, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 2NX
See the photos here
As a photographer, I have long been fascinated by the intimate relationship between the Japanese and their cities; how the city and its inhabitants embrace each other like partners in a dance: naturally, gracefully, in perfect unison. The city has always nurtured its people; provided for and protected them while the people harmonise with the apparently chaotic environment and find peace and happiness within it. But the recent disastrous events have strained this harmony in ways that those born in the last sixty years have not previously encountered. And this dark cloud of sadness has not only descended upon the area immediately affected by the disaster; the whole country is suffering the weight of this tragedy and facing an immediate future where fear and uncertainty prevail.
Can Japan overcome this horrendous setback? I believe it can. I see in the shining faces of those I have photographed over the years the true and enduring nature of the Japanese people: resilience, fortitude, discipline and a determination to prevail and prosper no matter what obstacle is placed in their path. It is the strength of all these individuals, coming together and working as one that will lift Japan out of the depths of adversity and enable them to rebuild their towns and cities, their lives and their future. The heartbreak and loss of this tragedy cannot be erased. It would be wrong to suggest otherwise. But if these faces suggest anything it is that Japan can surely rise again, like its iconic sun, and shine on as an indefatigable example to all.
"Shine on Japan" is a selection of photographs taken in Tokyo between 2008 and early 2011 belonging to various projects of mine. A humble attempt to try and protect the image of Japan that I have learnt to love and admire over the years. See the photos in the portfolio section.
- My gratitude goes to Chiharu, Goro, Keith and Maki for all their help and support on this project.