Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Japanese Photographer Follows Historic Scroll to Motivate Citizens to Care for Their Town

Sasaoka Keiko Photograph
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Japanese photographer Sasaoka Keiko has produced a photographic project with the purpose of re-engaging a declining and aging population in a rural town in Southern Japan in caring for their environment and living conditions.
Apparently, she has used a 150 year old scroll painting as a guide to lead her to modern views of the classic Japanese countryside in the area.
(Click Here) to read a brief description of the project (in English) at the Japan Times website.
After a little digging, I found a few more of Sasaoka's images in this set.
(Click Here) to see more.
If you're interested in what the original scrolls look like, (Click Here) and go down to the bottom of the page (I was so tempted to say "scroll down").
I love these kinds of projects. I find it thought-provoking to compare modern versus historic photographs, or in this case modern photographs versus historical paintings.
You may remember my post along these lines, comparing 150 years of difference at the Stone Bridge at the Manassas National Battlefield.
(Click Here) to see the Stone Bridge post here on DMC-365.
This is an example of where the time has done the scene some good. It would be hard to attain a condition worse than the American Civil War inflicted on the Southern landscape. In Sasaoka's case, I'm afraid it's the opposite. The graceful landscapes are now reduced to littered modern roadways. Hopefully, Sasaoka's work will help to re-ignite a passion for the beauty of the place.