Dear Stranger, by Shizuka Yokomizo
For this 1998-2000 series of portraits, photographer Shizuka Yokomizo left several anonymous letters on the doorsteps of random ground floor apartments that read:
I am an artist working on a photographic project which involves people I do not know…. I would like to take a photograph of you standing in your front room from the street in the evening.”
The letter specified a certain ten-minute period during which the artist would approach, take the picture, and slip back into the darkness. She would only reveal her identity once her subjects received a print and contact information (so that they could let her know if they objected to their portrait being exhibited).
Yokomizo made sure that when the photos were taken, the light would be too dark outside to see her — it would only allow her subjects to see their own reflections in the window they were looking out of.
I love abandoned places where nature is taking over again. It always makes me think about how the world would be fine if the human race was all of a sudden obliterated - things would go back to normal, it would be one giant jungle of cities covered in nature again. Also reminds me of Castle in the Sky, the 1986 movie by Hayao Miyazaki.
Big props to my wonderful and talented friend Kenny! xD
Follow him on Flickr! Btw I’m sorry I’m such a terrible model Kenny~ Like I’m serious. xD Anyways~ these are some of the shots I really liked~ :3 Not surprisingly, they are all the candids of me messing around. I actually don’t remember if the second one was a candid or not o-o. If it wasn’t, oh hayyyy ;D!
Oh yeah, these were taken back in March a little before my birthday~!