Jessica Backus
Dec 27, 2012 10:58PM

"I was half asleep when I had a very clear vision of a sharp horizon, a very calm seaside, with no clouds and a very clear sky. The horizon was exactly in the center of the image. That vision was probably something dating back to my childhood. I still remember my first encounter with the ocean. I was born in Tokyo, which is near the sea. Usually Japanese people like to see Mount Fuji. For me, it was very important to see the ocean, the big ocean. I liked this image and I started to think about a series. It had to do with the idea of ancient man, facing the sea and giving a name to it. Naming things has something to do with human awareness, with the separation of the entire world from you. Language has to do with the need to communicate with a  world that is separated from yourself, the separation between inner world and outer world would be less clear without language. So with the Seascpaes I was thinking about th emost ancient human impressions. The time when the first man named the world around him, the sea." - Hiroshi Sugimoto

Source: Thomas Kellein, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Time Exposed (1995)

Jessica Backus