Photographer Shimpei Takeda is known for making images without the use of the camera. His Trace series—partly exhibited in Japan Society’s 2016 exhibition "In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11"—was produced using autoradiography, a technique which captures the radioactive energy emitted from objects, in that instance irradiated soil samples from around Fukushima in the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear plant accident. Takeda's most recent series "Field" consists of photograms made from soil samples taken at Mount Zao, an active volcano. In the print presented here, microscopic soil particles, which are the minimum units of land forms, convey the illusion of a broad, topographic expanse.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist, © Shimpei Takeda