Traveling through Japan, I researched what could be the differentiating factors of this collectivity. In one hand I had the nature, respected, venerated and always in this collectivity mind. In the other hand, the city, frenetic, exhaustive but also, in some way and in most of the corners, silence, quiet.
The nature further than those places as gardens or forest where can grow exuberant also even in small villages or big cities, had its place for at least, a shy (but venerated) development.
Making also researching in art, culture, folk, food idiosyncrasy or religion, I found the same constant factor: the nature. Always present in some way; always the spotlight.
Researching in classical japanese painting art, I found a binomial factors always in permanent collision: this nature (primeval habitat) and the city (human’s crafted habitat). The tradition and the avant-garde. Always both environments in some way present and in some way depending one on each other.
In this project I found more interesting to keep the tension of the collision as a point to show the disjunction between both photograms overlaping.
A synthesis of a culture equidistant from tradition and avant-garde. This contradiction and it’s external results configures, because of the foreign misunderstood, many of the topics that we use for reducing its inhabitants and its culture.
Alberto Salván lives and works in Madrid. He is partner and creative director at Tres Tipos Gráficos, a firm specialized in editorial and corporate design.
As a photographer, his research is based on the photographic medium. He was recognised as Talent by Foam Magazine in 2011 and wqs selected in Descubrimientos PHE 2006 and shortlisted at Purificación García 2010, among other prizes.
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