Hiroshi Watanabe | Suo Sarumawashi

Posted: December 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

From the introduction to the Photo-Eye edition of Suo Sarumawashi:

Sarumawashi, literally “monkey dancing” evolved over a 1000-year history in Japan. Ancient Japanese chronicles refer to it as a form of religious ritual designed to protect the horses of warriors. It later developed into a popular form of festival entertainment, and was performed all over Japan from temples to imperial courts. Today, Sarumawashi is ranked alongside Noh and Kabuki as one of the oldest and most traditional of Japan’s performing arts. It features acrobatic stunts and comedic skits performed by highly trained macaque monkeys.

Choromatsu 2, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Choromatsu 2, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Choromatsu, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Choromatsu, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Kanpei Counting Fingers", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Kanpei Counting Fingers, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Kojiro 2", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Kojiro 2, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Big in Bucket", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Big in Bucket, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Genki", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Genki, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Kojiro and Kurimatsu", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Kojiro and Kurimatsu, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Aikichi 2", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Aikichi 2, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Aikichi", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Aikichi, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Aikichi with Bamboo Steve", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Aikichi with Bamboo Steve, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Fukunosuke 2", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Fukunosuke 2, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

"Fukunosuke", Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe

Fukunosuke, Suo Sarumawashi by Hiroshi Watanabe


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Hiroshi Watanabe | Places

Posted: June 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Los Angeles, New York City, Photography

El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador, 2002 © Hiroshi Watanabe

El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador, 2002 © Hiroshi Watanabe

I go to places that captivate and intrigue me. I am interested in what humans do. I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest. I immerse myself with information on the places prior to leaving, but I try to avoid firm, preconceived ideas. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, keeping my mind open for surprises. At times, I envision images I’d like to capture, but when I actually look through the viewfinder, my mind goes blank and I photograph whatever catches my eye. Photographs I return with are usually different from my original concepts. My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity, while other times I seek pure beauty. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. I believe there’s a thread that connects all of my work — my personal vision of the world as a whole. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation.

Artist’s statement, Hiroshi Watanabe

Music Notes, Nakatsugawa, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Music Notes, Nakatsugawa, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

White Terns, Midway Atoll, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

White Terns, Midway Atoll, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Whales Eye, Anaheim, CA, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Whales Eye, Anaheim, CA, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Bora Bora, Tahiti, 1997 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Bora Bora, Tahiti, 1997 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Mandalay, Burma, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Mandalay, Burma, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Santa Monica Pier, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Santa Monica Pier, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Battery Park, New York, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Battery Park, New York, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Liberty State Park, New Jersey, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Liberty State Park, New Jersey, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Tsutenkaku, Osaka, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Tsutenkaku, Osaka, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Salmon Heads, Sapporo, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Salmon Heads, Sapporo, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

International Fountain, Seattle, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

International Fountain, Seattle, 2000 © Hiroshi Watanabe

China Town, Portland, Oregon, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

China Town, Portland, Oregon, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Standing Woman, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Standing Woman, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Kabukiza, Tokyo, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe

Kabukiza, Tokyo, Japan, 2004 © Hiroshi Watanabe


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