For Japan. Photography. 2012
This is a bit late, but I thought I had lost the file until a few hours ago.
In the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that ravished Japanese soil in 2011, I created an art piece in remembrance of the victims. The piece first started out as an instillation. I burnt holes in a red paper parasol to represent the acid rain from the meltdown but couldn’t decide how to display it. After documenting the piece for class, the picture I’d taken reminded me of the Japanese flag itself which is how I ultimately decided to make the project photography based instead. I retook the picture and ended up with that up there.
Footage of the disasters was everywhere and I often found myself in tears. It was so candid. Making this piece was my way of expressing what I felt about what I’d seen. Today media (in all its forms) has become the forefront of anything and everything that happens…I hope my photo can pay homage.
It has been a while since the terrible events but their echos are still being felt.