Kino Koike
November 13, 2020

Hideki Takemoto

(Kanagawa, 1966)
I use an old Super 8 camera to create my photographs. Then, I look through all of 3800 scenes and chooses which ones should become photographed. I use a 35mm film camera to take photos from the scene I have already chosen, and finally get an Inter-negative. With the Inter-negative, I develop the photograph by myself. My shooting is mainly aimed at common, repeating daily life scenes. I have traveled to 10 countries, filming, exhibiting and selling my work. The reason why I record daily life scenes is that I believe that specific instants in daily, normal life are our truly happiest. so I use my camera to capture them, before they fade away. and I feel that this photo are so much like a real world. I don’t emphasise the landscapes I take, and I try to remove myself from my photographs so that people can find their own way to look at them. My greatest joy is when my photos cross a viewer’s consciousness, and find memories. No one would feel aggressive or combative when you see my photos. I hope people to have peaceful and gentle feelings while they see my photos. Eventually, I hope my work can help to create world peace.



"To see life; to see the world"
(LIFE photo magazine)

 
project description

Tomorrow morning when I wake up

 

15 years ago, I couldn’t adjust to my surroundings and have started using my “third eye” as a camera to see the world from a distance. It gives me a fresh perspective of the world, separate from my consciousness and my intentions. It’s more like seeing with instinct. What have I seen with my instinct? Happiness, all around in daily life. By seeing, and watching, and repeating, I can see all people, and all living beings, and I feel blessed to feel connected to them. It leads me to realize that the most important part of life is repeating casual, normal, daily life. That’s the most valuable and happiest thing in this world. I lost my dad when I was 34 years old. My memories of him are not outstanding, fantastical or sensational moments. Rather, they are from my childhood, like an image of him eating his favorite food, barbecue lamb, and his favorite drink, Kirin beer, at our family table, with all the family around. This is a dear, deeply personal, but also common, everyday image. I lost my dad when I was 34 years old. My memories of him are not outstanding, fantastical or sensational moments. Rather, they are from my childhood, like an image of him eating his favorite food, barbecue lamb, and his favorite drink, Kirin beer, at our family table, with all the family around. This is a dear, deeply personal, but also common, everyday image. With this believe, I have been traveling the world, trying to capture people’s daily scenery. And now in 2020. COVID-19 Since my last filming session in Kyoto, daily life has been taken away. I don’t want the everyday life I’ve recorded over the past 15 years to be just a happy memory, a memory of what used-to-be. I don’t want the normal to become nostalgic. Tomorrow morning when I wake up, what will my third eye see? No, what if my third eye is filming tomorrow?

 
Gold coast, 2006 © Hideki Takemoto
Sapporo, 2010 © Hideki Takemoto
Auvers ur Oise, 2015 © Hideki Takemoto
Berlin, 2015 © Hideki Takemoto
Berlin, 2015 © Hideki Takemoto
New York, 2015 © Hideki Takemoto
Paris, 2015 © Hideki Takemoto
Chicago, 2016 © Hideki Takemoto
Hong Kong, 2016 © Hideki Takemoto
Kyoto, 2020 © Hideki Takemoto
Penan, 2016 © Hideki Takemoto