The Life of Discarded Things - "No.4 The Forgotten Camera"
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this series of prints looks at an area of particular fascination. In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a god residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of Yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years in age. But in addition, an object that has been tossed aside or remained unused without the proper thanks can also become animated into taking revenge. This series of prints will highlight some of the characters you may find familiar in your own home, and might give you pause for thought.
Fourth in the series is ‘The Forgotten Camera’.
Every print comes with a signed and stamped paper 'story slip' (see images above) describing how the character depicted came to their discarded life:
“The Life of Discarded Things/ No.4 The Forgotten Camera/忘れられたカメラ
This camera was once well used and loved - its owner a keen amateur photographer, who loved to keep it with her for any photographic opportunity, as well as when she travelled...
However, when she was given a new smartphone as a gift, she began to leave her ‘real’ camera behind - it became easier to take photos on the phone, as they could go straight into editing apps and social media postings. One day the camera was placed on a shelf and completely forgotten. He has become increasingly lonely - his best friend the digital camera, also forgotten, unfortunately had his memory wiped - meaning he no longer recognises his friend, and will soon be out of charge.
In the hope that he will be rediscovered by doing so, he now spends his time hiding his owners phone..."
The story slip can be pasted on to the backing board of a frame, or mounted in a window under the print itself for framing if desired (if using bespoke framing).
Individually hand printed using natural oil based pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks. Each print will have natural small variations, due to the methods used - the one you receive may not be exactly the same as the one shown in the photographs.
Printed on 100g oatmeal 100% recycled paper (with natural flecks).
Paper size: A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11.7 x 16.5 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with nakamura characters [中村] in red ink in the bottom right hand corner, just under the words "The Forgotten Camera".
Please note: the print is sold unframed, but fits an IKEA ribba frame and mount (about an inch would need to be trimmed from the bottom of the paper to do this).