“Shikishima" is a series of photographs taken during 1969-72 by Tamiko Nishimura
on journeys around the regions of Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kanto, Kansai, and Chugoku.
To accompany the exhibition, Zen Foto Gallery has published
a reprint of the 1973 edition of "Shikishima",
accompanied by a supplement composed of unpublished photographs,
and english translations of the original text and a newly written text by Tamiko Nishimura.
"The weather changed often, with strong winds, sunshine, clouds, and rain.
I was strongly attracted by the how the light shined, by the smell of flowers, and just by the atmosphere
of the place, rather than what I actually saw. Even if I walk through the same place every day,
each walk would be different, depending on who I meet or how the light shines.
It is not particularly about visiting somewhere new.
Still, while watching foreign ships in Kobe Port I dreamed of one day
sailing in one to a country I've never been to before." (text by Tamiko Nishimura)
Box set reproduction of "Shikishima" published by Zen Foto Gallery, 2014