In the summer of 1988 Tatsuki Masaru spent time with Japanese truckers who take part in the unique culture of decorating their trucks – DECOTORA. Masaru explores how they used decorating to turn a job that was perhaps an ends to a means into a hobby and passion they loved. Like all subcultures the dedication and devotion these truckers have is mind blowing and fascinating.
This series is directly influenced by Otaku culture, bringing aspects of Anime and Manga into photography. I have explored before how the rise of Kawaii and Otaku was a reaction to the Post-hiroshima treatment of Japan. Artists like Takashi Murakami has said how the events lead Japan to a child like state. Becoming obsessed with cartoons, colour, figurines and super heroes, the relationship between Japan and America became that of a child and parent.
Charinthorn Rachurutchata is a current photographer who has exhibited around the world and uses her love for Otaku culture in her work.
It’s interesting to note her use of colour and religious symbolism, it reminds me of the work of David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles. Combining pop culture, religion, sex and kitch colours to explore the role certain people play within society. Also reminiscent of Soasig Chamaillard.
Joshua Scott’s website doesn’t provide any information on his work or whats it about which is slightly annoying. However it does allow me to read his images without being positioned by the text. (It’s interesting how lost I feel without any information)
Locker notes is a very kitsche series, saturating us with colour and aesthetics, unrealistically portraying the contents of an American (we asume from the style of lockers) teenagers locker, but the over done use of objects and colour makes a comment on the mass consumption of popular culture and modern society.
Other Still Life
These pieces by Joshua Scott remind me of Andy Warhols work on marilyn. Representing the less pretty, more destructive side to celebrity and the ageing and death of icons which are considered modern day gods.