Toko Shiiki was born in Japan. She lived, learned, and experienced in Tokyo most of her life and moved to Michigan, USA 2005. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and has earned multiple awards like International Photography Awards. She has a passion for photography that tells a story. Many of her images are inspired by life experiences. She has been working on the "inner-life documentary" project, to visualize what she has experienced. This led to her current fascination with documentary filmmaking, as a vehicle to share the stories and storytelling of unique individuals.
This is my story of midlife awakening. The concept for this photographic project arrived while I was constructing some egg shell forms; In the middle of a journey, I'm in-between birth and death. After long conversation about "midlife" with my husband, age 42, I felt – very clearly – that I must do this photo project with him. This project is not a fantasy for me, it is an inner-life documentary. Poised between now and now, the series continues.