Hiroshi Watanabe Statement

Artist Statement
My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, studying my subjects in preparation, while at the same keeping my mind open for the surprises. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. Mostly, I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest, while other times I seek pure beauty. I wish for my images to distill scenes ranging from the ephemeral to the eternal, from the esoteric to the symbolic. A current that underlies my work is the concept of preservation. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation, and that I constantly seek to expand.

Process Statement
All my gelatin-silver prints are personally made by myself. Each photograph is individually printed on fiber-based archival paper and toned for permanence to meet archival requirements, and matted on acid free museum boards. Most of them are partially sepia-toned.

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