Tohoku - A Hundred Days After 9.0

In a particular emotional situation there are moments in which things appear to us in a new light. They appear with an intensity that was previously unknown to us.

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to hit Japan on record, struck the east coast of Japan and triggered a tsunami, which ravaged the north-east coast, followed by snow and after by leaking of radioactive material from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. These events killed thousands of people and caused serious, widespread damage to buildings, roads, and power lines, particularly along the east coast of the Tohoku region.

The Tōhoku region consists of the northeastern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The region consists of six prefectures: Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata.

Two months after, I was travelling through Japan and volunteering for several weeks in tsunami stricken areas, taking photographs of these deserted areas that little by little are being repopulated by people trying to recover from catastrophy of that vast dimensions. As of July, the Japanese government has been unable to control the spread of radioactive material into the nation’s food. Radioactive material has been detected in a range of produce, including spinach, tea leaves, milk, fish and beef. Even though my main concern was about radiation level in the area, many people there are facing more severe existential problems; lack of water, control of food supplies, and lack of information and communication from government authorities.

Starting with monochromatic images through the wide range of colours I intended to create dynamic atmosphere and accentuate a never ceasing process of life struggle, fear, hope and creative power of universe, that Ocean symbolically presents.