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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. There is neither a minority nor a majority in the minimum relationship of one to one, so both of us can not lose by any majority vote. 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。1対1という最小限の関係には少数派も多数派もなく、どんな多数決でも負けることはありません。これは消去法を用いたある種の処世術かもしれません。