Masashi Mihotani

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For example, if one creates a stroke with a 2B pencil on a piece of paper applying a certain pressure, a line of a fixed density will remain. In the same way, traces of light remain on photographic paper. I often feel photograms as sceneries of when everything was the first time to see in my life, when I did not even know how to hold a pencil properly. It is purely a process of personal perception and also a learning in which judgments whether it were successfull do not yet take place. This too is a sort of trace. And I wish to observe this fully.

例えば一枚の画用紙に、2Bの鉛筆を一定の筆圧で走らせれば、決まった濃度の線が残る。おなじように、印画紙には光の痕跡が残る。まだ鉛筆を握る手もおぼつかなかった時、まだなにもかもが生まれてはじめてだった頃のような景色を、フォトグラムにはよく感じる。それはうまくできた、できなかった、という価値判断以前の、個人の純粋な知覚であり、学び。またそれも痕跡のようだと思う。僕はそのことをよく見つめてみたい。