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"Produced over a period of approximately two years, from 2012 to 2014, this series of photographs underwent a fundamental change in direction due to the fact that during the course of working on it, we came to live in Japan.
Our initial intention for this series was to reflect a worldview based on the image created by the origin of the name of this area, ‘Tsumari' and its local legends. We wandered through the snow-covered maze with no clear objective, imaging a story of a man and a woman who seized by extreme emotions while living within Tsumari's harsh nature environment.
However, as the series progressed, we began to question the necessity of burying ourselves at this time in a worldview comprising of hackneyed aesthetics with no sense of the future. Despite our loss of direction we continued to photograph and just as we were about to give up all hope of completion, we returned to the basis of creativity, namely we asked ourselves ‘what do we need to aspire to in order to demonstrate our present attitude towards life?'
We were saved by the crystalline waters of the melted snow from the basis of our prior work, the roar of the surging waters seemed to flow through my entire body, purifying me." - RongRong & inri
Tsumari Story╱妻有物語｜RongRong & inri╱榮榮&映里｜ISBN: 978-988-15677-6-5｜257 mm x 355 mm｜80 pages｜Title on slipcase hand painted by RongRong｜Edition: 1000｜Published by Three Shadows Press Limited and Saneido Co.,Ltd.｜2014