Now or Never - Prologue

PhotographerToko Shiiki
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyToko Shiiki Imagery
City/CountryYpsilanti, United States
Photo DateMarch 2012
Technical InfoB&W film/silver gelatin print
Story

This is my internal journey with my little self, to reconcile my present with my past, something I've neglected for a long time. I used a Holga and opened the shutter for a long time in a small dim room, and recorded myself on film. Not sure of what the outcome would be, I was very surprised when I first glimpsed the negative -- I felt I had captured a self portrait of me as both an adult and child. Long exposure in dim light, finding images of myself as both adult and child, with the toy camera.

Entry Description

This is my internal journey with my little self, to reconcile my present with my past.

Story

This is my internal journey with my little self, to reconcile my present with my past, something I've neglected for a long time. I used a Holga and opened the shutter for a long time in a small dim room, and recorded myself on film. Not sure of what the outcome would be, I was very surprised when I first glimpsed the negative -- I felt I had captured a self portrait of me as both an adult and child. Long exposure in dim light, finding images of myself as both adult and child, with the toy camera.

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 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.