The Pillar by Stephen Gill. Published by Nobody.
The bird’s eyes meet mine as I flip through the pages. It’s almost as if it’s asking me; who are you?
Further through the pages and it feels as if I have become the bird myself. The barriers that separate us seem to dissolve - and for a moment I enjoy the sensation of suspension; floating.
But the reality is this; today, the bird sits on its perch, and I draw breath where I am.
After finishing the book, I wanted to stop and stand still for a moment: to breathe deeply.
Rinko Kawauchi is a photographer born in Shiga prefecture, Japan, 1972. In 2002, she won the 27th Kimura Ihei Award for her books, Utatane and Hanabi (both by Little More). She is internationally recognized, especially after she has been awarded the ICP’s 25th Infinity Awards in 2009. She also held many personal exhibitions in and out of Japan. Halo and When I was seven. are a few of her books. rinkokawauchi.com