Sekiguchi Hiroto: “I want to keep throwing a question to this society through my photos”

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Sekigucki Hiroto.©Takayuki Hamai

In Your work You use very relevant  topic and invite us to the real 21st century. Why did you choose this subject to analyze? Maybe Your personal experience have something to do with that?

I started shooting this man’s life in order to understand why his, my friend’s life turned into such situation. His name is Yuki and my high school mate. He was cheerful boy with sense of humor. He entered well-known university in Japan. He loved filmmaking. His piece got awarded in a contest and dreamed of being film director. The goal was Festival International du Film de Cannes. He also watched hundreds of movies in order to study scenario. Also he loved a girl. But something started crumbling. Making the film gave up. While he missed some credit, classmates graduated university and got job. A close friend, who shared dream of being scenario writer together, got awarded in famous contest and also took away a girl he loved. Seeing movies gradually decreased. The keyboard for scenario writing is stroke only a chat and E-mail.Now, aged 29, Yuki spends most of his day playing of online game. He is in love with a player met in a game. He has spent more than 3000 hours in online world. Coffee and cigarette keeps him awake whole night. When birds start to twitter, he collapses and fell asleep. Yuki says. “I know my situation is a mess. But I just feel one day it turns out somehow. ” By shooting him, I started seeing my country in a different way. Japan is one of economically advanced country. It is a society where people can live without eagerness to survive. People who live as floating in the ocean are not something rare in my country. I will have more time to spend with him to know what they see and what they think as a man living in the same generation. I started shooting this man’s life in order to understand why his, my friend’s life turned into such situation.

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Pessimistic mood and striking contrasts made by black and white photography captures eye by second. Tell us more about choice to use bright contrasts?

By using striking black and white contrast, I wanted to express loneliness, waver, imminence and lethargy that surrounding him. But also, I tried to express a slight hope he should have somewhere, using blight white contrast in mostly black atmosphere.

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For you, as a winner, KAUNAS PHOTO will host an exhibition in the 2014 edition of the festival. How did You decide to participate in this competition at first?

I try to participate because I wanted many people to know about the issue. Lithuania is very far from Japan and I assume we don’t have much information about each other. I wanted various people to see my picture and think about this issue and KAUNAS PHOTO gave me a wonderful opportunity for that. The problem my friend has is not only in Japan. I believe there are same types of youth all over the world. It is my pleasure if my exhibition gives a chance for audience to think about the difficulty youths in 21st century face.

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 What’s your next project?

I will continue shooting my friend and see how his life would change. I don’t have specific theme for next project yet, however, I want to keep throwing a question to this society through my photos.

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