Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tokyo sprawls. In the photo-bookHome” (2007) Tomoyuki Sakaguchi trains his lens on the middle-class neighbourhood of Tama in Tokyo. Shot with prolonged exposures beneath the glow of street lighting, an odd lucidity illuminates each nocturne.
Houses and vehicles substitute their sleeping residents. Cars peak from beneath awnings near vacant porches, past anonymous junctions, as this strange light affords us glimpses into a slumbering suburbia.
If viewed in contrast to Jun’ichiro Tanizaki‘s essay “In Praise of Shadows” (1933) that relished the mystery where darkness dwelled while modernity and its electric lighting was ushered in, the light in Sakaguchi’s photos reveal what shields us from view once the shadows are lifted.
Some of the success of “Home” is how the photographic process echoes its subject, merely recording the light emitted, but another part of what makes these photos so compelling, perhaps unsettling, is that they place the viewer intrusively close to private properties.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi, From ‘Home’ (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tomoyuki Sakaguchi was born in Kagawa (1969). The artist lives and works in Tokyo.
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©Nick West 2016