concept – Family portrait

When I think of my mother, I have the ­impression that she has no age, that she is only an ­atmosphere. How can I make this atmosphere that surrounds my family and my private environment visible? I collected many portrait photographs of members of my family (my son, my wife, me, my mother and father). For each person, I put each of their portrait in a semi-transparent state on each other. The works became a time documentation of each person from approx. 300 portrait photographs, which coursed their life from birth up to the year of the creation of the series, in 1999. For further works, I took panoramic photographs of my apartments in Japan (1968-1994) and Germany (1995-2001) and I collected photographs of my family in these rooms. I made the photos semi-transparent and super imposed them with exactitude into the architecture. The viewer can see in these constant rooms the changes of the people, my family, in the years from 1968 to 1994 and from 1995 to 2001.

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