The Restoration will

  • Dates
    2015 - 2016
  • Author
  • Topics Portrait, Landscape, Fine Art

My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.

My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.

One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though, in fact, that is impossible.

The portraits taken by my father were stained, discolored. These scars are similar to the damage seen in my town, similar to my memories which I am slowly losing.

I hope to retain my memory and my family history through this book. By arranging these photos, I have attempted to reproduce it.

© Mayumi Suzuki - A cliff like a tsunami
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A cliff like a tsunami

© Mayumi Suzuki - Fishing boat
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Fishing boat

© Mayumi Suzuki - Fishing boat with Earthquake
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Fishing boat with Earthquake

© Mayumi Suzuki - Forest
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Forest

© Mayumi Suzuki - Scollop shells in the sea bottom
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Scollop shells in the sea bottom

© Mayumi Suzuki - Entrance to the next world
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Entrance to the next world

© Mayumi Suzuki - House
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House

© Mayumi Suzuki - portrait taken by my father
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portrait taken by my father

© Mayumi Suzuki - Stone beach
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Stone beach

© Mayumi Suzuki - portrait taken by my father
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portrait taken by my father

© Mayumi Suzuki - Stone beach with soul
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Stone beach with soul

© Mayumi Suzuki - House
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House

© Mayumi Suzuki - drowning boat
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drowning boat

© Mayumi Suzuki - Hometown,Onagawa
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Hometown,Onagawa

© Mayumi Suzuki - Light of Hope
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Light of Hope

© Mayumi Suzuki - Stairway to Heaven
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Stairway to Heaven

© Mayumi Suzuki - Forest
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Forest

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