Artist's Statement for Quiet Noise

Quiet Noise is an exhibition of Yoshie Hattori's photos at Coco et Olive on Main and 21st Street in Vancouver BC from October 18, 2012 to December 8, 2012

I have had an unsettled life for the past few years, moving from Vancouver to Boston and then back to Vancouver, and having spent many months in Tokyo or travelling. The camera has been my companion on these trips, as I walk around the city streets and make the occasional outing to the countryside. It has given me moments of opening, peace and potential that I share in this exhibition. Some quiet in the noise of day-to-day life. And some noise in that quiet.

The photos are a gathering of impressions, of what I am seeing and how I respond to it. This direct response to what is seen is an important part of the work. This work has been made possible for me by the digital camera. It has made taking photographs a simpler act, one more in the moment. The camera helps me to capture the shifting light and angles reveal patterns and potentials that I catch as I walk about. Things I see as they are to my eyes. No image manipulation has been applied using Photoshop or other software. Each image is presented as “It Is” which is the name of my photo blog.

Yoshie Hattori
Vancouver, BC
October, 2012

Yoshie Hattori met Steven Forth in Shibuya, Tokyo in the winter of 1980. They began to travel together, Japan, Europe, Sri Lanka, back to Japan and then got married in 1981 in Ottawa, Canada. They lived in Tokyo from 1982 to 1988, where their three children Kaito, Kasumi and Kenji were born, and then in Vancouver from 1989 to 2006. They lived in Boston MA from late 2006 to 2009 and are now back in Vancouver. Their Vancouver house, in Kitsilano, is a rambling house of sorts, open to all, full of books and with a garden of herbs, flowers, sculptures and odd findings.


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