Post-Photography: Takashi Arai’s Works
Post-photography is a peculiar way of capturing images that is not quite famous even in the photography industry. It is considered to be a strange but very artistic way to create pictures of certain places, things, events, etc. A famous photographer whose passion is post photography is Taskashi Arai. I am going to discuss the article about him and look closely at his works of art.
The article about Taskashi Arai, written by Mika Yoshitake gives a very accurate description of daguerreotype, a special photographic technique. Very well polished, silver plated copper sheets are used to print pictures on them. This process creates unique images, such a way of producing photographs is quite conceptional. The artist Takashi Arai is one of a few artists in the world that use that technique.
Post photography is considered to be any style photography using a digital camera.
Also, post photography is considered to be the presentation of a still scene, not a movement or action. Takashi Arai decides to use the daguerreotype technique and uses a digital camera to create his masterpieces. A certain amount of daguerreotypes is stuck together to create a full scene, that looks very futuristic, considering that it is black and white due to the usage of polished silver plated sheets. Some works of art like that, like the three-panel daguerreotype of the Trinity Site obelisk by Takashi Arai shows the three images that give a fuller understanding of the event, the first nuclear detonation took place there in 1945. The colors of the plates perfectly match the atmosphere of the photo. Technically, the photographer does not have to work with colors, as the colors are already “told” by the silver plating. That image does not look very cheerful and happy, just like all other post-photography daguerreotype works.
The work of photographic art that dragged my attention the most is “The Wristwatch Dug Up from the Uenomachi, Nagasaki”. Seeing the name of the photo along with its content makes you have gloomy thoughts and realize how much of the history and literally time is shown on the photo.
The picture shows many parts of different wristwatch photographed after the Atomic Bomb Explosion Dug Up in Nagasaki. Knowing what a horrible even it was, and seen how many wristwatches are depicted, not hard to guess that all these watches belonged to people who are no longer among us. Each part of the full photo, each copper plate daguerreotype shows a little part of someone’s life, someone’s fate, someone’s death. All in all, the full picture can be considered as a little excursion into the past of several people. The small parts are so many, they might show the past, the present and the future all in one. The rest is the work of mind, knowledge of historical events and maybe some imagination.
To conclude, I would like to say that post photography alongside with the daguerreotype is a fascinating method of showing some historical events, paying attention to the …