Takashi Homma “Various Camera Obscura Studies — In Progress”

Taro Nasu

poster for Takashi Homma “Various Camera Obscura Studies — In Progress”
[Image: Takashi Honma "mount FUJI #1" (C)Takashi Homma courtesy of TARO NASU]

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This exhibition features the increasing concern of Takashi Homma for “Camera obscura” and windows.

Homma has been working with “Camera obscura” since 2013.
“Camera obscura” means a “ dark room” in Latin, and this is the proto-form of photography in which an inverted image is projected by light passing through a tiny hole in a wall.
Homma converts entire rooms into pinhole cameras, blacking out the windows with dark paper and sealing off lights leaks with tape. Therefore the sunlight came out from the window made the landscape pictures on the other side of the windows. In this way, he takes the pictures of real city landscape but mysterious world of shadows.
The artist explains that the concept of this series is to take pictures of architecture using architecture.
You can notice that the shutters of the cameras are the windows in this series. The windows are border of the private inner world and public outer world, and those are the frames of how we seize the world as well.

Meanwhile, the artist is questioning how they were landscapes visible through the window of the houses.
During his continuing research of windows, Homma took his recent works “a song for windows”, taken in a certain lodge, located on a small island among a group of islands just off the coast of Finland. This lodge is known as the place where Tove Jansson, author of the famous Moomin series, spent her summers for more than twenty years.
Homma observed a transition of light on this island from the four windows of the house.

When you see Homma’s these pictures, a lot of layers, such as eye, camera and windows, are framing the world.
These framed sceneries question our act of seeing, and what photographs to be.



from November 18, 2016 to December 24, 2016

Reception For The Artist on 2016-11-18 from 18:00 to 20:00


Takashi Homma



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