Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada
Grenade in a Jar

Primal Mountain • Yuji Hamada

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Seigow Matsuoka
Torch Press
112 p
Color,
approx. 11.5 x 8.5"
Softbound
Japanese/English

At first glance, the photographs in ‘Primal Mountain’ appear to depict alpine sceneries. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that these are not mountains in the literal sense, but topographies composed of artificial materials. Amazed by the beauty and perceived fiction of a postcard from a friend, Yuji Hamada was inspired to question the principle of mountains in general. The landscapes fabricated in his images therefore play tricks with our perception, raising questions as to what causes us to recognise mountains as such. The reverse side of each page shows an enlarged shot of the image on its front, further blurring the boundary between reality and fantasy.

Primal Mountain makes use of double-leaved binding: the reverse side of each page depicts an enlarged shot of the picture on the front, allowing readers a view of the back-image by peeking through the side. The binding recreates mountains and valleys, with its construction simulating this motif of “the seen and the unseen” – as the reader flips through the pages, they gently sway in the realm between reality and fantasy. It causes one to question: what does it mean to see? Following the photographs is a text contributed by author Seigow Matsuoka, whose own work influenced Hamada’s thought process on the subject matter.


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