Shot on the coast of England in Dungeness, Samsara is influenced by Shiraishi’s memories of childhood visits to his grandparents’ home in the country side of Japan, and the realisation that arose from his time there: that the natural and man-made were both part of the landscape, a part of nature. In Dungeness there is balance: life and death, yin and yang, black and white. This duality of place is replicated by the design of the book. Images shimmer, black pages balance white, adder stones puncture paper. Full bleed images are occasionally interrupted with pages of differently textured paper. Through collapsing time and space, Samsara brings us closer to the emotions and landscape of Dungeness—a cobblestone headland stranded at the edge of England.
Published by Edition Taube, 160 pgs, 30 × 22 cm, softcover, 2022, 9783945900598