The need for a Hero – Optimism

If anything my last post made me look at how the effects of the War and Japans defeat mean they needed a Hero, something or someone to give them optimism in their current state. This is a theme that is still apparent today in narrative. I came across this series a while ago and it instantly came to my mind when thinking about Japanese heroes and villains.

The Solitude Of A Machine – by Marc Ninghetto



Marc Ninghetto is a Swiss photographer who draws his love for Japanese Animation into his photography.

The machines at the heart of the exhibition are none other than the Japanese manga robots Grendizer and Astroboy.


Grendizer Ad
Astro Boy Ad





For a while i’ve been wanting to do a series on my own characters. 2 years ago i did a portrait project based on peter pan, I enjoyed making it so much and since then have had this idea in my head. I want to produce some fantasy images of my own, with characters I have made stories for and designed.

There are 2 ways I want to photograph the characters. firstly standing in the studio, placing a super hero in a studio, no poses, I want to see how this will turn out. Also I want to do a fully context shot, use the features of a comic/manga to produce a frame from a the characters comic book.

The first character I thought about was Bird. An androgynous character whos look is a cross between shiro form deadman wonderland and Casshern.

The name Bird is taken from Peter Pan, Bird is my interpretation of the never bird.


I haven’t developed much of a story for bird yet, but this will be a long time running project so i don’t need to rush that aspect. As for now, this is what I have…

Mamika – Sacha Goldberger

I bought ‘Mamika‘ a book by Sacha Goldberger a few weeks ago whilst trying to find an original photography book. (running #photography can at times make you urge to see something different, although most of the time it’s inspring.)

It wasn’t until now that I realised this book reflects my previously sub-conscious admiration of work which representes how we use photography to escape reality.

In this case it’s not just me escaping reality by immersing myself in someone else’s story, but Frederika (the subject) escaping her reality and in turn allowing Sacha Goldberger to escape his.

I see the series as comforting relationship between a Grandson and Grandmother, the mutual respect and Love they feel for each other allow them to use their strengths to create a gripping story. Frederika’s being her personality and Sacha’s being his photography.

The title ‘Mamika’ means “my little Grandma” which reinforces this idea of comfort and love between the two. But like most stories there is a dark sinister message too. At first we may laugh at images of Grandma Frederika sitting backwards on a bicycle or mistaking an elephant for a mouse, but once we look at the context, we see an elderly lady displaying signs of senility and loneliness. Growing old isn’t easy and this is Sacha and Frederika’s way of coping with it.

Despite this the series also offers us hope. That at no matter what age you can be who you want to be and break conventions via photography and the encouragement of loved ones.

I would recommend anyone interested in photography to buy this book, as it’s not only a beautiful concept but the execution of the images is great too.