dimanche 9 septembre 2007

half awake and half asleep in the water

A voir, les superbes photos de Asako Narahashi, half awake and half asleep in the water, prises à la surface de l'eau (mer ou lac). Ça m'a bien sûr fait penser à l'époque où je faisais de la chasse sous-marine, occupation qui comportait de longs moments à la surface de l'eau, avec juste les yeux qui dépassaient. A ce moment là j'avais déjà trouvé que le paysage, le rivage, vu de cette façon était une vision étrange et mystérieuse. Les photos de Asako Narahashi m'ont fait rappeler ces moments et m'ont donné envie de retourner dans l'eau, non pour tirer les poissons, mais pour faire des photos!

"half awake and half asleep in the water by Tokyo-based photographer Asako Narahashi. A suite of fifteen 20" x 24" photographs, showing images with half of the photographic surface covered with water. The water looks dark and poetic, and would naturally call in images of sleep and the subconscious.

Asako Narahashi once remarked that she was not particularly fond of the ocean, rivers or lakes. She began her half awake and half asleep in the water probably in 1998, after her visit to Okinawa in the summer, and where she experienced, after a long time, snorkeling and the joy of floating in the sea. She was then working on another project and discovered in her contact sheet this vague and unclear image that she described, "just like the moon without an edge floating on the ocean, beyond everyday life." The image must have been lying in her sub consciousness and imprinted somewhere in her brain. It has now come to surface and steered her towards a refreshingly new direction.