This series was inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel 1Q84. In the novel, Tengo was waiting for Aomame on a slide in a deserted playground during the night. I happened to come across the same scene when I walked around a playground nearby with my dog. There was no one but us and a slide, seesaw and swing reflecting light from a mercury lamp in silent darkness.
His novels always contain some kind of fantasy such as two moons in which we might lose the borderline between reality and unreality. In the deserted playground, somehow I felt strange air although there was only one moon.
Playgrounds can be found everywhere in our country and I thought they were too common to be a theme for my work. But after this experience, I began to take pictures of playgrounds in my city.
I think Haruki Murakami’s world is so complicated that I can hardly express it in photography but I hope you will find unreality in realty in these pictures of playgrounds.


市川信也 ICHIKAWA, Shinya

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Shinya Ichikawa was born in 1959 in Kyoto.
He was a member of university photo club and exhibited his photos in group. He established the photo club at his work place and had group exhibitions.
When he lived in Paris as an assistant of Paris University, he began his carrier as a fine art photographer. He had his first solo exhibition at an art gallery in Paris in 1999.
After returning to Japan, he had a dozen of solo exhibitions in Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Otsu, Valenciennes (France), Beijing, Seoul.
He has been a member of Kyoto Photography Club and participating in two group exhibitions every year since 2000.
He was awarded many American and European photography awards and his works were exhibited in USA, UK and Greece. His master pieces are collected in public organizations as France National Library.
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