I have long been attracted to white flowers,
Although I do not know what makes me feel this way.
To recover a pure heart,
To wash away all impurities,
To argue for what is right,
To recall the events of that day
To feel as if something is going to begin afresh.
Capturing these white flowers
While thinking of someone precious to me.
It was the summer of 2010 when I first came across the work of Takashi Tomo-oka.
The flowers he depicted, not with a paintbrush but a digital camera, seemed to represent the delicate Japanese sense of beauty while simultaneously expressing his own unique aesthetics.
His tenderness towards flowers and the sincerity of the farmers who provide him with them can be felt in each picture.
After his exhibition at Ippodo New York in 2011, his work appeared in ‘ELLE DÉCOR’ (U.S.A.) and ‘AD’ (Germany) magazines; his work was acquired for the collection of the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and then in 2013, the UCS Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena (U.S.A.) held a solo exhibition of his work.
For this exhibition he has focused on white flowers in memory of all the people who are no longer in this world while simultaneously offering a refreshing celebration of the new era.