After a five years journey, I am very happy to launch the crowdfunding campaign to make HITORIDE a reality!
HITORIDE (Literally: By yourself, Alone) is a photographic book based on the award-winning project Japan, I wish I knew your name.
The project reflects on miscommunication and isolation in Japan, one of the most populated countries in the world. You can support the crowdfunding by pre-ordering your copy, or getting one of the limited edition offerings.
During a brief visit to Japan in 2009 I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. Language and cultural differences were only augmenting this distance between the locals and me. However, while observing people, it was clear that even indigenous were not able to interact successfully. I have then decided to come back in 2010 and better visualize these concepts.
The Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Megalopolis, also called Taiheiyō Belt is a unique example of urban agglomeration with an estimated population of over 80 million people.
Despite this incredibly high number of chances to interact, it seems that society is moving in the opposite direction.
The purpose of this investigation is to create awareness and highlight the problems that modernization and the rapid changes in the environment create in our lives. Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Do we feel part of the environment? Are we alone in the crowd?