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保坂昇寿(ほさかのりひさ)

1968年、東京生まれ。デジタルフォトグラファー。IT系ライターやWebマガジン編集を経て、2008年4月に「クローム襲撃」にてエスクァイア日本版デジタル写真賞'07-'08グランプリを受賞。2008年7月に仏アルル国際フォトフェスティバルのフォトフォリオレビューに参加。2009年2月に個展「昭和84年東京」を行う。



昭和84年東京

これらの写真は「逆照射のあかるさ(Retrospective Luminescence)」をテーマに撮った東京のランドスケープです。 80年代に映画や文学、音楽などで数多く夢見られた、サイバーパンクと呼ばれる21世紀の混沌とした東京のイメージは、90年代に入ると非常に当たり前のものになってしまいました。 今日、近未来のサイバーパンクなトーキョーとは、三十年前にイメージされた架空の歴史として、懐古趣味的な追憶(Nostalgic Reminiscence)の一つにすぎません。 00年代の東京は、映画で見たようなサイバーパンク都市になりませんでしたが、しかし80年代に夢見た何かを今でも感じられると考えています。 そんな現在でもなく、過去でもなく、未来でもない、その第三の時間として「昭和84年東京」を見ていただければうれしいです。


クローム襲撃」は、デジタルカメラを使う意義、を問い続けた一つの通過点である。普段の当たり前の生活で通り過ぎている街、でもなくなるのも時間の問題とも感じている街、が撮られることによって、第三の街、を立ち上げてくる。僕にとっての文字通り初めての評価。スタートと思いがんばっていきたい。みんなとみなさま、本当にありがとう。


NORIHISA HOSAKA
My name is Norihisa “Nori” Hosaka.

I was born in Tokyo, Japan on November 14, 1968.
I am a digital photographer.
In April 2008, I won the Grand Prix prize of Esquire Japan Digital Photograph Awards '07/ '08. [1]

[Foretaste]
If I introduce myself in one word, I am an Otaku (geek).

Ever since my childhood, I was living in daydreams.
I had an obsessive interest in anime (cartoon), manga (comic book) and RPG (role-playing games).
I read and watched large number of novels and movies; played RPG and video games; built and painted plastic model kits, all related to sci-fi.

As I grew older, I became dissatisfied with sitting in the receiving end of otaku culture. I felt a strong wish to create something and express myself to the public. While a college student, I started to write reviews on RPG in genre magazines and publication. I had also created and released a new set of RPG. In 1994, my reviews have expanded to cover computer soft wares and web sites as well as writing interview articles on IT (Internet) magazines. In 1995, from strong confidence in the coming of IT era, I left my college before graduation and became a full-time writer in the field of IT. By 1999, I became an editing and writing staff of Hotwired Japan.

In 2001, I got married, had a baby daughter and I started to take her picture with a digital camera. But it was not until 2004, when I studied under a photographer Satoru Watanabe that I seriously got interested in digital photography.

[Theme]
I am currently taking landscape photographs of Tokyo under my favorite theme, “Retrospective Luminescence.”

In the 80’s, key word in cultural movement was Cyberpunk; the 21st century near-future Tokyo viewed in movies, literature and music. The chaotic image of Cyberpunk Tokyo has become a fixture by the 90's. [2]
Today, the image of near-future Japan created three decades ago, Cyberpunk Tokyo, seems somewhat a nostalgic reminiscence and has become one of the fictitious histories of Tokyo.

We realize that Tokyo has not become the cyberpunk city we often seen in the films. However, I feel a possibility of Tokyo and Japan becoming something we have envisioned in the 80's. I want to take photographs of not now, not the past, and not the future but of a mixed timeline.

[Digital Photography]
Digital photography along with HDRI (high dynamic range imaging) function has materialized my themes. I believe that revolution brought by digital technology has made the crossing of the borders of art genre possible. This is why my photographs look like mixture of conventional photographs, pencil-drawings and manga.

I am taking HDRI photographs in black-and-white. HDRI is a set of techniques that provides wider dynamic range of exposures than standard digital imaging techniques. It is unnecessary to determine exposure and is possible to take at all light levels and conditions. [3]

The procedures of HDRI are fully automated under one setting that I decided. Computer and software without my imagination and control do the finishing works. This has allowed having views and detail to be same as that of human eye. Only digital photography can do this. It has made us possible to cross the border of human and machine like a cyborg.

Tokyo suits well with a digital compact camera because it is mobile, can pan-focus, and shooting is nearly limitless. [3] As digital camera makes progress on daily base, it has become my custom to check out new models every season. New design and functions always have inspired me on new way of taking pictures. I take photographs with a digital compact camera in HDRI as though they are the vision seen through the optic nerve of Tokyo.

[Challenge]
My desire is to have my digital photographs to be close to natural human perception as possible and my next challenge is to take HDRI photographs successfully in color with new ideas I am currently working on.

In fact, this will become my second challenge because I was taking color photography when I started taking HDRI with digital SLR but the results were disappointing. One day, as I experimented in black-and-white, the results turned out to be marvelous. The digitally captured image in classic black-and-white started to speak on its own.

[Postscript]
I am not a romanticist to think I am capable of imploding system of photography. However, I am optimistic enough to think I may be able to implode one’s perception of photography.

It is my goal as a photographer to create a true digital photography, not just an evolution of silver print and to illuminate the horizon of new digital photography.

[1] HYPERLINK "http://www.esquire-dpa.com/en/grand0708/index.html"
[2] YMO, an influential Japanese electropop band released an album entitled, Technopolis in 1979 and coined the term, “Technopolis -Tokio.“ William Gibson, a sci-fi novelist wrote, "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel," in his 1984 novel entitled Neuromancer. AKIRA, an animated film in 1988 based on Japanese manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo has featured Neo-Tokyo on the screen.

[3] Step1. Photographs shot in different exposures is to be transferred to PC and merged into one image with increased dynamic range. Step: 2: Have tone-mapped image showing the completely captured dynamic range for printing. Step 3: Detail of highlights and shadows in an HDRI created from multiple exposures to be made with Photoshop CS2 or other software.
[4] SIGMA DP-1 and Ricoh GRD with 28mm equivalent lenses.