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Matsunaga Toru: Unusual



Whatever will be, will be. Everyday existence moves between the usual and the unusual, and the distinction between is blurry. The street photography of Matsugana Toru praises the unusual, as fragmented pieces of life, almost as open appearances and glimpses into existence.

Overexposure is the result of too much light hitting the film or, in a digital camera, the sensor. The intentionally overexposed photographs of Matsugana Toru are bright, appear washed out, and enlightens specific elements we often overlook as pedestrians. By operating with light, playing with where the light strikes and doesn’t, Matsugana Toru conveys a tenebrous yet sanguine visual expression of his city-surroundings. To some, the viewer is presented with the usual, to others, the unusual is unraveled through the cracks of his digital camera; RICHO GR3. 

Birds are flying low, flowers and demonstrations is side by side in the alleys, pipes are fuming gases just as the clock ticks to the smoke-break for the working man. Through nearly surreal and visceral imagery, the matter of subject depicted in Matsunaga Toru’s photos visions bodies getting by in the harsh yet hopeful landscape of a metropolis going through the effects of a global infectious disease.


Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt