An Aesthetic of Everyday Life
Since ancient times, the Japanese have had a unique aesthetic sense referred to as “wabi-sabi”. Generally, this style prefers the mundane over the showy, quietude over eloquence, and stillness over movement. However, almost no opportunity to hear about the style exists in modern times. As time goes by, and as people become more and more superficial, they have lost touch with their aesthetic sense.
One day, I found a common point in photos I captured. That’s the quietness. I may unconsciously feel an aesthetic sense like “wabi-sabi” in the environment which keeps creating, destroying and changing all the time. Nothing is permanent in this world. And we know life is not endless. That’s why I suspect that we can have a feeling of existing together in harmony. This series is a documentary that seeks for feeling in everyday life.
Junya Suzuki, born in Japan in 1979, began taking photographs in 2009. He is a street photographer based in Kanagawa and Tokyo, Japan. His interest focuses how picture elements connect at the same place at the same time. The faces may have turned to the same direction, or may have turned to different direction. However, the connections in their emotions fill the space as attractive photograph. He continues shooting to pursue a goal to document real facts of daily life, adding his own expression of surrealism, lyrics, and humor.
all images and text © Junya Suzuki