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Keita Kusaka: A Gap in the Landscape

Born in 1976, Osaka, Japan.


Keita Kusaka photographs moments where people or landscapes are unprotected and vulnerable reflecting upon the state where we’re totally unaware of the other people around us. Each moment captured by Keita Kusaka effort spirals into hilarious, sometimes poignant, and impossible-to-predict chaos – yet it still remains ordinary and routine-like. Kusaka invites the viewer everywhere from the tree-hugging elderly in the local park, acrobat-practicing kids on the playground or food-spilling customers at a street restaurant. The photographs document the lives of people in a comic odyssey, inevitably creating comfort through awkward contradictions of modern life. We are all around, all the time. A Gap in the Landscape is a quirky and transcendent view that motivates the viewer to keep exploring the mundane moments of everyday life. Keep your eyes and ears open, and don’t miss the extraordinary gap around you.

Keita Kusaka is practicing street photography while working as a copywriter at an advertising company. In June 2018, he published the autobiographical novel “The Lost Copywriter”, and his ongoing photo project A Gap in the Landscape has been published into a comprehensive series of several photobooks. Simultaneous, he is the front man of Embern, a band that specialises in summoning UFOs with, according to Kusaka, a success rate of around 60%. As a copywriter, he has won numerous awards such as the Saji Keizo Award, the Good Design Award, and the Tokyo Copywriters Club Best Newcomer Award.

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Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen