creating stories

Wandering through a creative photography blog about the Japanese art of wabi sabi and came across this interesting premise for photography…. and for memorialization, as imagined by Nagano Toyokazu (scroll down the webpage to get to this):

When I started, I was taking photos with a camera in order to keep family memories, but I now take photos to create family memories. Therefore, I do not take photos of my family’s facial expressions during everyday moments, or of their natural movements. I take photos by creating fictional scenes after setting up a certain theme in advance and then thinking about what kind of pose would be interesting.“

Wow. This takes the whole notion of the crafted life in a whole new direction. When we tell our stories, are we recording memories to keep them, or are we creating new stories, inventing new selves?

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