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Min Tanaka - Locus Focus -

I faced Min Tanaka with an open mind putting my whole self into him, making my camera and self-consciousness disappear.

In that moment, I was in the darkness alone.
What a quiet also rich and varied moment it was.

There were life and death, past and future, and everything.
And it was the space and time what I wanted for a long time.
Min Tanaka opened the door for me.

I feel that I photographed the darkness of Min Tanaka since I used black-and-white negative film.

At a later date, when looking finished prints, I strongly felt that I wanted to photograph an eternal darkness rather than body, I photographed the body of him though. I can never forget the feeling, which was not to photograph living human beings but something from primeval time, exactly inside me when photographing him on the tip of the cape.

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