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ontoshiki is a literal translation of the photographer’s Chinese name to Japanese.
the artist was raised in Australia and currently lives in Tokyo, Japan where he creates his artwork with mainly film cameras (hasselblad, pentacon, polaroid, holga, minolta) and occasionally dabbles with digital.
main themes: life, death, angst, alienation, lust and love and the exploration of the urban environment, elements and life and the human psyche and body.
fascinated by. the cinematic, nostalgic, poetic, enigmatic, unknown, unpredictable, dark and sinister. drawn to. dreams, symbolism, the cryptic nature of photography i.e. the way it conveys moods and feelings beyond the need for lexicon and how colors affect mood and feelings.
Some of his influences and inspiration include Nobuyoshi Araki, Kishin Shinoyama, Christopher Doyle, Wong Kar Wai, Akira Kurosawa,Kazuo Miyagawa, Daido Moriyama, Goyo Hashiguchi,Brassai, D.Arbus, H.Cartier Bresson, R.Doisneau,R.Cappa, Irving Penn, E.Munch, Van Gogh, Davinci, Vilhelm Hammershoi,Jeffrey Smart, J.Nachtwey, Kaoru Izima, Ridley Scott, Shoji Ueda, Tim Burton, Miike Takashi, Helmut Newton, Miyamoto Musashi and of course his parents and family for their guidance and continual support.
He admires the Japanese aesthetics of Yūgen (a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering) and Wabi-sabi (transcience i.e. imperfect, incomplete, impermanent) such as fading autumn leaves, falling sakura petals and flawed beauty.
“To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo.” – Zeami Motokiyo