Hiroshi Sugimoto (2016)Trabajo Inglés
Trabajo sobre las fotografías de Hiroshi Sugimoto.
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Unpacking the meaning of Hiroshi’s masterpieces
When staring at Hiroshi’s photographs I didn’t need to ask myself a whole range of
questions because immediately and without expecting it, different sorts of
sensations arose inside of me - death, sadness, hope, emptiness…
Surrounded by all those masterpieces, I felt the passage of time was slowing down.
His photographs have an outstanding sense of profundity that makes unavoidable for me to think in the truly meaning of life. Theaters comprise the ensemble of photographs that had the greatest impact on me, maybe because of Hiroshi’s preoccupation of taking care down to the smallest details so that we, the onlookers, have feelings of displeasure. It was the white screen in the centre of each photograph that led me to think of how fleeting life is. At some point in our lives, feelings of isolation or eagerness can begin to creep in us. But no matter what, there is always going to be light at the end of the tunnel. That is what the white screen represents for me: hope, passion and excitement about the unknown. Whenever it is dark, there is always going to be a flash of light. We should heed Queen when he says “show must go on”.
In most of his photographs, the gloom and semi-dark elements are at the front, while the vivid and illuminative ones are at the back. This portrays the dualism between positivism and negativism in everyone’s life. Hiroshi finds an easy way to delude ourselves to the point that we no longer know what is real from what is not.
We can appreciate that on his Dioramas. In them, we can sense movement through the animals that captivates us. Through this, Hiroshi enables us to discover new paths and realities not perceived until then such as the contrast between loneliness and family. We can also fancy how life could have been completely different for these animals if they weren’t in that particular environment.
On the other hand, while I was paying close attention to Seascapes, all I could felt was peace. It made me feel small in the vastness of the see because I knew there was a beginning but not an end. The end is uncertain. Like life. We need to find ourselves in this complex and immense world. As Thoreau said, “not till we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” Moreover, the elegance, emotional and mystical touch of his photographs has a sorrowful and philosophical connotation. The use of black and white leads to an intimate reflection about aspects of life such as death and happiness.
To conclude, as the multi-disciplinary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto said “photography functions as a fossilization of time”. I could not agree more.