TARO NASU is pleased to announce a solo exhibition “Various camera obscura studies – inprogress” by Takashi Homma, starting from November 18, 2016.
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Currently lives and works in Tokyo.
1962 Born in Tokyo
1999 24th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award
Recent solo exhibitions include“VARIOUS SHAPED HOSES AND SNAKE” Post, Tokyo(2016), “Seeing itself “Dazaifu shrine, Fukuoka (2015),“TOWARDS THE CITY – camera obscura study -” TARO NASU, Tokyo (2014).
This exhibition features the increasing concern of Takashi Homma for “Camera obscura” and windows.
Homma has been working with “Camera obscura” since 2013.
“Camera obscura” means a “ dark room” in Latin, and this is the proto-form of photography in which an inverted image is projected by light passing through a tiny hole in a wall.
Homma converts entire rooms into pinhole cameras, blacking out the windows with dark paper and sealing off lights leaks with tape. Therefore the sunlight came out from the window made the landscape pictures on the other side of the windows. In this way, he takes the pictures of real city landscape but mysterious world of shadows.
The artist explains that the concept of this series is to take pictures of architecture using architecture.
You can notice that the shutters of the cameras are the windows in this series. The windows are border of the private inner world and public outer world, and those are the frames of how we seize the world as well.
Meanwhile, the artist is questioning how they were landscapes visible through the window of the houses.
During his continuing research of windows, Homma took his recent works “a song for windows”, taken in a certain lodge, located on a small island among a group of islands just off the coast of Finland. This lodge is known as the place where Tove Jansson, author of the famous Moomin series, spent her summers for more than twenty years.
Homma observed a transition of light on this island from the four windows of the house.
When you see Homma’s these pictures, a lot of layers, such as eye, camera and windows, are framing the world.
These framed sceneries question our act of seeing, and what photographs to be.