(Photography from a series entitled “River” by Motohiro Takeda.)
Update (4/19): Sorry I didn’t write any reason for putting these pictures up. They are so dark, it’s hard to see what’s in them, but that is what drew me to them. If you look really closely, look at the monitor from different angles, and let your eyes adjust, you’ll see a Japanese house, its furniture, and objects like a doll, black and white photographs of ancestors, and a Buddhist altar (butsudan).
The question is, therefore, why did Takeda make these images so dark? It reminds me of the deep shadows of Rembrandt’s paintings and the blurred photograph paintings by Gerhard Richter, but such comparisons say nothing about Takeda’s motives.
According to Takeda’s website, he grew up in Japan, moved to New York when he was 21, and lives and works there still. Considering the Japanese theme, are these images expressing something about his own past? Are his memories of Japan so dark, so faint that it takes him a while to adjust his eyes to see them? If so, I think I understand. . .