I’m one of the contributors to the artistic collective I Scream Factory, founded by Alexandra Plesner (Dazed & Confused/Satellite Voices). These images I took for the collective are my attempt to visualize the evanescence of ice cream with a scent of nostalgia and longing for childhood. I love the fact that we explore perceptions of life through the medium of ice cream by delving into the metaphorical possibilities of the product.
Remember Remember are a Glasgow-based instrumental band. Their kaleidoscopic and meticulously-constructed layers of sound have been my constant source of inspiration ever since their first LP came out in 2008. I especially love listening to Remember Remember while I’m on a train.
Having lived in Europe for seven years, Japanese artist Aoki Takamasa, whose music work has been endorsed by the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Thom Yorke, returned to Japan last year. Earlier this month, I attended the opening party of his third photography exhibitionheld at Bloom Gallery in Osaka. I found his landscapes particularly interesting. They are somewhat detached and seem as if taken by an alien with everlasting curiosity.
I had the pleasure to befriend Osaka-based photographer, Shinryo Saeki, last month. He showed me his monograph, Aisatsu (Greetings), which was published by Akaaka Art Publishing. I was instantly smitten with his powerful visual language. Each of his images speaks boldly and touches on life and death with a unique sense of humour.
I recently shot a Japanese band called Taffy for the British Music magazine, NME. It’s not rare for Japanese bands to sing in English, but ironically, few of them manage to have their music heard outside of Japan. However, Taffy are an exception. Their shoegaze and Britpop-influenced sound has really caught the eye of the [...]