Ever After, by Asako Narahashi


 

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Asako Narahashi follows upon her breakthrough 2007 half awake and half asleep in the water (2007, Nazraeli Press) with another work exploring water and land, or put another way, between a floating indeterminateness and the grounded elements which dominate the landscape even as their solid, known form remains ever beyond reach.

The images in Ever After were shot in Japan, Dubai, Amsterdam, the suburbs of Paris, Santa Monica, Taipei, and elsewhere, between 2002 and 2011. As Narahashi explains at the beginning of the accompanying interview,

I think I've always had an interest in things which lack a stable state, at least unconsciously perhaps. Although I'm not particularly aware of other people's shore photography, most seem to be images taken of water as something beautiful. My work may be critical in the sense that I'm not really interested in that kind of photography. In my case, I took these because I wanted to capture something that gives a sense of scale, or artificiality, somewhere in the image, not because I wanted to get closer to nature.

Softcover, with slipcase. 30cm x 26cm, 80 pages, 58 color reproductions. Insert booklet of an in-depth 2013 interview with Narahashi in Japanese and English.