Soul Foundry - searching the meeting point of soul and body

CompanyToko Shiiki Imagery
PhotographerToko Shiiki
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

To create these self-portrait images, I chose to work with film and the gelatin silver process. The overall feeling produced by this method of photography is one of searching, internally and externally. By working in a darkroom, I can directly connect to the images. It is because I literally use my body to adjust the tonal value on the prints. In the darkness, I feel as if I am dancing with light to create the images. When I see the images gradually appear in the developer, I felt as if I am witnessing something inside me.

Story

Searching the meeting point of soul and body, and my own original shape. To create these images, I chose to work with film and the gelatin silver process. When I am using film, I don't have the ability to instantly check my work, as I do with a digital camera. I can't clearly know what the results are going to be. Thus, the overall feeling produced by this method of photography is one of searching, internally and externally. Since I used a self-timer to photograph myself, I had to hold many poses, 10 seconds each time. After working many hours to find an expressive shape, I gradually had pains in my body. They began to add meaning to this project, for the pains reminded me that I'm alive. By working in a darkroom, I can directly connect to the images. It is because I literally use my body to adjust the tonal value on the prints. In the darkness, I feel as if I am dancing with light to create the images. When I see the images gradually appear in the developer, I felt as if I am witnessing something inside me.

About Photographer

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 has earned multiple awards. ********* I have a passion for photography that tells a story. Many of my images are inspired by dreams and my life experiences. I have been working on the "inner-life documentary" project, to visualize what I've experienced at this present time. I find photography to be a most effective way to express my view of the world (inside and outside.) No matter what my subject is, I want to create images that tell a story. But it is my hope that every time people see my photographs, they will feel encouraged to interpret the images in their own way. Art is my life power, and I am still finding ways to let it speak through me.