[Dates] 12th/Feb (Wed) ~ 25th/Feb(Tue)
＊Opening reception will hold on 15th/Feb (Sat) 6pm-8pm
Mari Amita is a photographer known as for shooting well known/famous musicians such as THE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT, Perfume and RIP SLYME.She works for the musician’s cover of CD’s. The work she publishes impress fans and also the musicians.
One day, she shuttered of an Easter lily near by her house 14 years ago and the photo influenced her to start a carrier as a photographer. Afterwards, she took photos of flowers with Polaroid camera and photography became part of her life and life work.
In this time of exhibition, she will come out with series of flowers that she took recent years. She never uses cut flowers and artificial lighting and it is her obsession to use natural lightning and wind. She shoots the flower’s natural movement to express the divine moment.
In the exhibition, she will display with the exhibits on sale such as artworks of silver gelatin printed art works which taken with Nega and positive film. Also, the related products like portfolio, scarfs and i phone case will be on sale.
[Profile of Mari Amita]
She was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in 1973. She graduated from Senshu University. She started a carrier as a model and she met a photographer, Koji Nomura at that time. She offered Nomura to study photography from him.
In 2001, she became a freelance photographer and shouted famous musicians such as THE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT, CHARA, SOUTHERN ALL STARS, Perfume and Rake. She also took a part in taking a fashion magazine and advertising photos. There are several books that she involved as a main photographer such as ‘LOVE&HATE’, a photograph collection of Kaera Kimura ‘Cheeky’ and ‘Thousand Years of God Prayers’ by Taichi Saotome.
When I started to take photographs, I casually took a photo of an Easter lily with a 35mm film camera which I borrowed from my teacher. It was a start to begin my carrier as a photographer. Since then, I started to shutter flowers as a subject and took photos nearby my house and flowers in a vase. I did not show the photography in particular, I just took it when I feel like to, but taking photograph of flowers became my life work spontaneously.
I debut as a photographer in 2001 and absorbed in photography. However, a childbirth became an experience that oneself seemed to be totally reset to overturn the previous five senses. When my son was a newborn, I spent most of time at my house to take care even I was not a person who spend time at home all day long. I felt like I am detached from the world and I hold uneasiness for the first time. But at the same time, I could spend unhurried time to be able to see beautiful shadow and season to shine in the room. Now, taking photograph is not a thing only for me, it became something special.
Therefore, time has been past and changed, a film and photographic paper that I like has stopped producing. I realized everything changes with time and I thought I want to face a photograph with a feeling simple once again like when I took the East lily.
The ‘silent flower’ began from such thought.
In May and June, it is the season when mind gets impatient. The fresh green glistens and the flowers begin to bloom all at once. I hold my old film camera to pursuit seasonable flowers and visit neighborhood church and places that I used to go when I was a child. Occasionally, I drive all day long to take pictures and I find flower blooming in a season and shutter the figure of the beautiful moment which it creates naturally.
It is now or never to shutter the best moment and I think it is my destiny to take it and that makes my life complete.