For the past few years I’ve produced the works in the motif of bamboo, which can be associated with Japan.
The chinese character used in my first name “Takeo” means “bamboo man”, and that is one of the reason why I chose the motif.
The soaring stalks and regular joints are really beautiful. Moreover, bamboo is considered to be an auspicious plant because it grows very fast and straight upwards. So it has been the traditional subject of paintings in Japan.
I think the distinctive characteristics of bamboo are even more attractive in monochrome images using the modern techniques of photography.