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The Love Matters of Light

Kishin Shinoyama Photography Exhibition

Words / Ron Lam
Translation / Iris Heung

「攝影與光的關係,是怎樣剪也剪不斷的。而攝影師必須對光有著敏銳的感知。」篠山紀信在去年七月,於安藤忠雄設計的光之美術館中,拍攝了一系列名為「光之情事」的建築及人物照,吸引他以安藤忠雄的作品為攝影場地的,似乎正是建築物的光與影。

然而,安藤忠雄的建築作品如此多,何以選擇這所位於山梨縣的小型美術館?對此篠山紀信解析道:「空間雖小,然而卻非常『緊湊』。每串空間都被充份利用,沒有半點餘裕。自縫隙中透進的自然光線,有著一種彷似情事……甚至是色情的古怪氣息,真是一幢不可思議的建築物。」

篠山紀信擅長人物攝影,記得他於《Brutus》雜誌的連載〈人間關係〉,每期以一對人物為攝影對像,即使不讀連載中的訪問,單看照片,自二人的動靜、表情、姿態以及流散在拍攝空間裡無以名狀的氣氛,都能感受到二人微妙的關係。篠山紀信看到牽繫著被攝者的無形的線,並將之捕捉,攝入鏡頭。

篠山紀信這次在光之美術館中,看到的,彷彿看到了以建築物的方式展現出來的生靈,建築物吞吐著呼吸,怦然心跳。於光之美術館內拍攝的一系列作品,說是呈現了人物與建築物、光與影的關係,不如說是呈現了兩種不同生命體間的互動,有著魔幻般的魅力。

光之情事」現正於光之美術館展出,展期至明年1月27日。

“Photography and light are inextricably connected; therefore any good photographer must have a very keen eye for light.” In July last year, Kishin Shinoyama shot a series of architectural photography and portraits called “The Love Matters of Light” using the Museum of Light / Clave Galerie as the backdrop. The elements that attracted him to pick this very museum designed by Tadao Ando are probably the lights and shadows provided by its structure.

However, among the many works of Tadao Ando, why it had to be this small gallery in Yamanashi prefecture? Kishin Shinoyama did provide an answer to this. “Despite its small size, space is wisely used. Every part of the area has its own function, so nothing is redundant. The natural light that seeps through the crack creates an intimate mood which can even associate with an erotically funky vibe. This is just an extraordinary building.”

Kishin Shinoyama specializes in portraits. I still remember Shinoyama running a photography series called “Human Relationship” in the Brutus magazine. Each episode would feature two people as the subject of photography. Even without reading the interview, one can already tell the relationship between the two from the ways they posed, their facial expressions, the intimate gestures as well as the subtle chemistry between them. Shinoyama visualized the intangible connections between the subjects by capturing particular moments through his lens.

This time at the Museum of Light – Clave Galerie, Shinoyama tries to portray the vital spirit of buildings. This concrete structure also breathes and has heartbeats like any living creature. The series shot inside the gallery goes beyond just a look into the relationship between people and architecture, or as light and shadow. It’s more about a manifestation of how two different living objects can interact with other each while generating a mesmerizing kind of charisma.

“The Love Matters of Light” is now being exhibited at the Museum of Light / Clave Galerie until 27th January 2019.