How does one express loneliness? How do we portray happiness? I think Salvi Danés has managed to capture a fragile identity in his series “Dark Isolation Tokyo”. Not only do we get a glimpse into the world of strangers, we get to see & feel their emotions, going about their every day life. Make sure to check out his other projects as well. Below you find the translation to go with this project.
There is an undeniable nucleus of initial interest, a question that from the occidental perspective is easy to think about. How does a society really live, each of its members, in a human and social organization which is apparently exemplary and with an enviable lifestyle? There is a feeling that despite enjoying all the comforts of a modern society, the inhabitants of Tokyo are far away from what was, conventionally, understood as an ideal of happiness.
It is easy to find oneself isolated and alone among a crowd. Enjoying the comfort and economic safety is not a synonym of complete personal realization. A frenetic pace of life can ruin any personal initiative and any possibility of creative life. That can have a bearing on the personality of the individual and in their way of living and understanding the world, in their capacity of interrelation, in their own satisfaction, in their happiness, in their interior life, etc. It looks like if these behaviors were a consequence of the clash that is produced between the preservation of their cultural essence, their history and their identity and on the other hand, a consequence of the incorporation of a new social model, which is highly technological and modern in all its aspects. From this clash, I could observe a dislocation of the people of this huge metropolis, as if they did not strike a balance between feeling isolated and alone among the crowd.
To sum up, the paradox was solved in a manifestation of solitude, in a great distress, in a sensation of individual frustration. Was that possible to detect and turn it into images? A difficulty due to the fact that I had to face up a perception of a completely subjective and debatable reality. It is not easy to show the breathlessness of the Taboo, the passive attitude or the nightmare of routine. They are the attitudes, the behaviors, the personality, an introspective vision of difficult capture for its subtle and untactile quality. Thus, the photographic and plastic translation of this characterological and sociological singularity, which is the synthesis between the contemplation of life and the convulsion that the new social models impose compulsorily.
How do you edit a series into five images? What if I were to show you the “wrong” images and you never hop over to the artists site, just by the choices I made? It can be hard to reduce a work to such a small number, and while I always try to show the essence of the project, I am also drawn to how the images appear together, what story they tell, how the colors relate etc. What might look interesting to me, does not necessarily mean, you will get excited. If you were to give twenty bloggers/publishers/artists/editors etc the same work, I imagine everyone will have a different edit, a varied sequencing and hence the story will be read twenty times differently, or with a slight variation and all of this with the same images. I find this rather interesting, but which of those twenty sequences will be closest to the artists intention, and which will be most appreciated by the viewer due to the storytelling? For today I had in mind to show you five here and five different ones on facebook, but after trying this idea, I came to the conclusion that it didnt really work as Laurent Champoussin’s images scroll horizontal and here vertical. So if I were to use a bigger and smaller image it would look messy, but looks great on Laurent’s site.