30 x38.5 cm, Color photographs, Diasec, Dibond, edition of 8, 2004
My feeling about life is a curious kind of triumphant feeling about seeing it bleak knowing that it is so and walking into it fearlessly because one has no choice.
Every second we breathe, we see, hear, smell, touch and taste what surrounds us.
This series was made to celebrate our life in its essence: Mortal existence of life in itself.
When we are born, breathing is a triumph in itself.
We realize this again only when we are confronted with circumstances such as facing birth or death. "Triumph" is a personal view on valuing all individual lives: All paths of life from birth to death remains personal.No two people have identical lives, yet we live on the same planet. Somehow each individual brain selects what are the important moments. To me this is an individual 's memory. In this work, I wanted to express that every moment of life is a "triumph". Personally meaningful moments are often not as significant as facts in history books, But they are the more universal sensation of living, which can be the key of understanding life.
"Triumph" is about the temporary moments that disappear each second.
We can not live the same moment twice and this gives me the sensation of being a witness of disappearance. The uniqueness of each moment enhances the qualities of life as fragile, precious, mysterious and nostalgic.The photographic series " Triumph" came from the idea of making a movie from still images. When I reassemble the past in my photographic work, I feel as if the vanished time transforms into, continuous timelessness.
In this work there is no narration because my attempt is to visualize it as my personal memory.
It is a personal perception; therefore it has a fictional quality.
"Triumph" is my process of learning how to live; searching for unity between the world and my self."Triumph" is my participation in life by giving value to the past and keep on living the present.
This series is a homage to Japanese & Japanese-American people who lived through the second world war whom taught me the importance of appreciating the moments that we live.
Many images are from Hawaii where I consider the most important place that influenced me.
I photographed all the images except for 3 images from my personal archive.( My grand parent's wedding in 1940's, the construction of a Japanese- American cemetery (1950), the funeral of a Japanese-American woman (1956).)