George Nobechi

2015 - 2018

Japan; Italy; Hawaii, United States; Colorado, United States

Four years ago, I departed New York City on what eventually became a near-thousand day personal odyssey, leaving behind broken relationships, career, home and all my possessions except for my camera and what I could carry on my back. Free of my chains, I journeyed alone because it was the first time since my father abruptly passed away when I was nineteen that I had the time to reconcile with the life from which I had felt disconnected.

As I journeyed, I made photographs where I felt the presence of everyday humanity and the stillness of natural tranquility. To contextualize my settings I recalled my upbringing in the organized chaos that is Tokyo. From my high-rise bedroom window as a child I spent hours upon hours gazing out at the sprawling city below and found a calmness that was elusive whenever I ventured out of the sanctuary of my room. 

I turned once again to windows and looking out from within, where the faintly warm presence of someone who was there but now departed--a concept known in Japan as "nukumori"—could be felt.

I make photographs in the places where I find these elements in co-existence--the humanity inside and the silence of the world beyond the window--to capture a moment in time that recalls something from our past, like a distant, but familiar bell tolling for us to come back and find life here again in the stillness.

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  • Sitting Room Memories, Hokkaido

  • A Bar on a Winter Morning, Kanazawa

  • Breakfast Trays in the North Country, Ichinoseki

  • Visitor Center, Great Sand Dunes National Park

  • Coffee Cups in November Light, Yamadera

  • On Islands Across Oceans, Molokai

  • Winter Ferry Ride, Toyama

  • Hotel Hallway, Hagi

  • Dawn Light, Nagasaki

  • In a Tearoom in a Garden, Kyoto

  • One Week After the Cherry Blossoms, Kitakami

  • Awaiting the Coming Summer, Iriomote

  • Trees on the Great Plains, Nebraska

  • Autumn in the Gorge, Sakunami

  • Tennis Courts in the Rain, Niseko

  • Visitor Center, Tade Wetlands

  • Winter Storm at Sunset, Lake Shikotsu

  • Spring Rain on the Sea of Japan, Noto

  • Morning Veil, Hirosaki

  • The Devil's Bridge, Tuscany