DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
Eiji Ohashi was born and raised in Hokkaido, the most northern part of Japan. The climate in this region creates great white winters, which as a child he adored. These winters also sparked the creativity that was living within him. One evening Ohashi was caught in a extreme snowstorm, he was able to find his way home by only the lights of japans infamous Jihanki.
Jihanki, also known as vending machines play an important role in Japanese culture and to Ohashi himself. Jihanki are not exclusive to only city centres, but can be found in the most remote locations like rural cities or along lonely highways. To Ohashi, the vending machines are more then a matter of convenience. He sees them as a symbol of how humans are interacting with modern life. “ I can see how Japanese people are always safe within Japan. This is because vending machines can be placed virtually anywhere. But still, there seems no end to the desire for great c...
Deep in the jungle of the La Huasteca rainforest, lies a labyrinth of buildings, columns, sculptures and trails that take on the side of surrealism and an unbelievable architectural escape.
The location is called Las Pozas (“the pools”), it is surrounded by natural streams, waterfalls and is spread out over more then 20 acres of lush jungle.
Las Pozas was created by Edward James, and eccentric British poet. He was known for is patronage of Surrealist artists, including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. It is clear to see that he was inspired by these artists and created an surrealist escape for himself. The construction of Las Pozas took place between 1949 and 1984 and was said to cost roughly $5 million to build and required the labor of a small town. To pay for the project, James auctioned off his extensive collection of Surrealist art. In return, he spent long periods at Las Pozas, bathing in its pools, writing, and t...
A Neon Limbo.LIT
NM: How did you get started in photography? What inspired you to pick up a camera?
SM: Photography has always been a way to deepen and improve my gaze on reality, to split my time continuum.
NM: In your A Neon Limbo series- the photos are based in Bangkok. What initially brought you to the city? How would you describe your experience there?
SM: Bangkok was a perfect hub to move overland to Laos, Cambodia or northern Thailand during several occasions. Neon Limbo was born during the three days before leaving every time. Jet-lagged and late at night, like a moth attracted by the neon lights of this sleepless city.
NM: As a former resident of Bangkok, I have always been mesmerized by Sukhumvit and Soi Nana. I found that in just a few city blocks I had entered a new world. What was your fascination with these areas?
SM: Sukhumvit and Soi Nana are probably one of the most interesting and fascinating ...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
The Deeper Meaning.
Photography by Joel jimenez Jara, Interview by Natalie Malheiro.
Photographer Joel Jimenez Jara shares insight to his what inspired him to pick up a camera, his own photography language, and the message behind his art.