We often take liberties with members of our family which we would not with others. Saying untoward things, imposing advice on them and a host of other things. As such, Yoshikatsu Fujii suspects, we end up creating an irreparable rift. He wonders if the amassing of such incidents led to his parents’ divorce. This, however, has made him see things in a new light. “I decided to try looking at my family as strangers,” he says.
Fujii admits that there was something unpleasantly awkward about that approach but the process imparted to him some valuable realizations. Everyone in a family has the same internal conflicts and faces each other with a set of contradictions. It is through this struggle that an image of what family means is created. “It was through this process that I began to see, for the first time, something like the start of our family,” says Fujii.
Yoshikatsu Fujii is a Tokyo-based photographer who was born and raised in Hiroshima city. He completed a BA in art film from Tokyo Zokei University of Arts. His photographic works often deal with his own view towards the relationship within the family.
His project Red String, motivated by his parents’ divorce and produced as a hand-made photobook of 35 editions was nominated for several awards including the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards. The book was also selected by Time magazine as one of the Best Photobooks of 2014.
His following project, Incipient Strangers, depicting the wider subject, expanded from his parents to his extended family. A photobook with the same title, published for the exhibition at Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo, was also nominated for the Dummy Award Kassel.
Incipient Strangers is part of the exhibitions line-up at this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival opening on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.