As Yumeji Painted His Beloved Woman Shin Noguchi documents his daughter with the Leica M9

Shin Noguchi is an award winning street photographer based in Kamakura and Tokyo, Japan. He describes his street photography as an attempt to capture extraordinary moments of excitement, beauty and humanism, among the flow of everyday life and has a discreet, poetic and enigmatic approach that is sensitive to the subtleties and complexities of Japanese culture without using posed/staged and no-finder/hip shot. “Street photography always projects the “truth”. The “truth” that I talk about isn’t necessarily that I can see, but they also exist in society, in street, in people’s life. and I always try to capture this reality beyond my own values and viewpoint/perspective.” He shares with us “As Yumeji Painted His Beloved Woman”.

I took portraits of my newly born third daughter Hikono mostly everyday with my favorite photo books in my shelf from one week old when she was brought home from the hospital until one month old when she got the doctor’s approval to go out after the first health checkup. This made me imagine as if my daughter was taken a photograph from those photographers. This refers to Yumeji Takehisa and his paintings of his beloved woman Hikono Kasai. This is the only communication I found for her and myself. I have accompanied my favorite photo books from my bookshelf because I truly see as the possibility of a child is limitless. What kind of future will my daughter have? Thinking that every child has infinite possibilities and any roadmap while I was taking these portraits.

To know more about Shin’s work, please visit his official website, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

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