[ EPF 2013 SHORTLIST ]
His name is Yuki and my high school mate.
He was a shy but cheerful boy with sense of humor. After graduation, he studied hard and entered well-known university in Japan. He liked filmmaking. Once, his piece got awarded in a contest. He dreamed of being film director and started making feature film with professional actors. The goal was Festival International du Film de Cannes. He also studied scenario in school and watched dozens of movies. Also he loved a girl just like other boys.
But something started crumbling. He could not complete the feature film. While he missed some credit, classmates graduated university and found job. A close friend, who shared dream of being scenario writer together, got awarded in famous contest but he didn’t. This guy also took a girl he loved. He gradually stopped seeing movies. The keyboard used for writing scenario became a tool for is only chatting and E-mailing.
Now, aged 28, Yuki spends most of his day playing of online game. He is in love with a player met in a game. He has spent more than 2000 hours in online world. Cups of coffee and cigarette keeps him awake whole night. When birds start to twitter, he collapses and fell asleep.
Yuki says. “I know my situation is a mess. But I just feel one day it turns out somehow.”
By shooting him, I started seeing my country in a different way. Japan is one of economically advanced country. It is a society where people can live without eagerness to survive. People who live as floating in the ocean are not something rare in my country.
With the Emerging Photographer Fund Grant, I will have more time to spend with them to know what they see and what they think as a man living in the same generation. This story will be more brightness by spending long time. In the end, I am going to show my story at an exhibition and a book.
Hiroto Sekiguchi is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo.
His work has been published internationally such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Paris Match, and Le Monde.
And his photos has been exhibited in various galleries and international photo festivals such as Visa Pour L?image, Espase Dupon, Photo kina, Chicago Photography Center, UN Headquarters, fovea exhibitions, Old Seoul Station Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
He has won several awards including Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Yonhap International Press Photo Award, International Photography Awards.