The Japanese Forest Photography

Photography Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Photography and Photo Manipulation Design.

The Japanese Forest Photography
by Masaru Eguchi

  • Awarded April 15, 2020
  • CLIENT: Sunpono
  • 548

"The Japanese Forest" is taken from a Japanese religious perspective. One of the Japanese ancient religions is Animism. Animism is a belief that non-human creatures, still life (minerals, artifacts, etc.) and invisible things also have an intention. Photography is similar to this. Masaru Eguchi is shooting something that makes feeling in the subject. Trees, grass and minerals feel the will of life. And even artifacts such as dams that left in nature for a long time feel the will. Just as you see the untouched nature, the future will see the present scenery.

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Masaru Eguchi

Designer of The Japanese Forest Photography


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Interview with Masaru Eguchi on The Japanese Forest Photography

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The first thing is the impulse to make something I've never seen before. Because even if there are similar looking and thinking pieces, they're never exactly the same. When I come up with something I've never seen before, I want to make it, and I do. Simple, right?
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
What I wanted to express in this work is a natural landscape of the distant past, but also of the distant future. I wanted to share a view that people in the past and the future might have seen.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
I don't have any plans. I've wanted to exhibit somewhere and make a collection of my work, but I don't want to do it unless I have an investor. I don't have much money.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
I'm sure it didn't take that long. In this case, however, it was different than usual, as I was looking at the first few pictures that were finished, I think I had a concept and started making them right.
What made you design this particular type of work?
Because the works out there didn't satisfy me. That's what all of the work I create, whether commissioned or not, has in common.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
Those people are already dead. It's the greats of history that inspire me. Oh, and I am also influenced by natural and social environment.
Who is the target customer for his design?
People around the world. Including those who are about to be born.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
It's a mix of primitive religious views, Japanese cultural values and the latest technology.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
That's because I was filming in Japan. If I had filmed in other countries, the name might have changed. In that case, I would have given it a more abstract name, but it wouldn't have come across.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
That's the essence of it. There's a lot of superficial work in the world, but I like the essential work.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
It's hard to say. This one is also technically normal at the moment.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
Fortunately, I had read the classics and researched world religions when I was younger, so I was able to use that knowledge to my advantage. So for this one, the only new research I did was technical.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
I can't help it, but when I photograph the universal nature, the pictures look alike. So the challenge is that the number of works is few.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
Observe, think, do, and improve repeatedly. This is something I do all the time. I'm more able to create strong work than I was before this one. That will continue to improve.

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