I have been looking forward to shooting in Hokkaido for a long time.
Hokkaido in winter is really pure as it is white everywhere. The mountains, sea, trees, houses and cities are all white.
Perhaps this is what I like, and this should be what I have been expecting.
Being pure, natural, concise and simple is exactly the feeling I have pursued in my works for so many years.
I love nature and regard it as the teacher of everything. Without affectation and posturing, everything becomes so concise, sincere and simple, and shows its character. I always think in this way whenever I am shooting portraits, buildings or sceneries.
To simplify complicated elements may be not just my subconsciousness in my creation. Unconsciously, I wish to live in this way. As a matter of fact, we do not need that much in our life.
In Hokkaido, I shot on the mountains in wind and snow. The wind was so strong that I could hardly stand steadily and I had to hold my camera bag down with my body to prevent it from being blown away. In some places where the snow was quite deep, more than half of my body would be caught in the snow when I stepped on it, I set out in the morning and stopped work at sunset. Though I did not eat or drink for the whole day, I felt full of joy.
I hope that you can enjoy this photography exhibition and see a natural, simple, true and beautiful Hokkaido. Yesterday, the temperature in Hokkaido began to rise and the snow accumulating on the road began to melt. Carrying a heavy bag of films we shot, we set off to go home. Looking down from the porthole of the airplane, we saw that the ground, forest, lake and pasture remained purely white.
Yet, soon, the spring of Hokkaido is approaching.
On the morning of February 16, 2017