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Elimination Method

I don't like a person who is in groups; I like a person who is alone. So I take photos of lonely people as the center of the world. In cases where the person is with someone, I capture them in a moment when they appear as if alone. Then, everyone comes to seem like a precious presence, an important being. Call it arrogant, but when I look at these scenes, forcibly collected and brought together, I feel as if I could become good friends with any one of the people I have photographed. Maybe this is how to get on and get by in this world—by a method of elimination.

一人でいる人が好きです。集団でいる人が嫌いです。だから一人でいる人を世界の中心のように尊重して撮ります。誰かと一緒にいる人も、一人でいるかのように見える瞬間に撮ります。すると誰もが尊い存在のように思えてきます。傲慢かもしれないですが、無理矢理集めたこれらの光景を眺めていると、誰とでも友達になれそうな気分になります。これは消去法を用いたある種の処世術かもしれません。