Natural disasters are always that hardest to deal with. They come and strip you of everything you’ve worked hard to build not to mention your hope and spirit. On March 11,2012 North Eastern Japan was hit hard by earthquake a tsunami The disaster was an immense shock to the nation, the quake and tsunami laid waste to whole towns and villages along the Pacific coast said Hayakutake. A Year after the tragedy area still lay helpless ;boats ripped from the waters and left on land , establishments and personal homes left crushed, remnants of children’s play toys leave behind memories of good times shared between families communities.
Japanese fine-art Photographer Tetsugo Hyakutake took a break from his collegial stay in Philadelphia and flew back to Japan to see what was left after the smoke cleared. Amid the vast amount of destruction Hayakutake used his camera to bring out the truths that may lie between human and nature. Hayatuakes photos make you feel as if you are witnessing the ruins with your own two eyes; the dramatized angels provide emotion kind of like those tear jerking help the homeless commercials . I don’t want to sound crazy but its amazing how such a disaster can be so beautiful its like the tsunami earthquake combination un-intentionally set up an installation of abstract sculptures allowing the ruins to become something more than and eye sore and a bad taste in the mouths of those that have lost. See few photos from the series below. To see more from the experience as well as other photos visit Tetsugo Hyakutake portfolio.
There was only my existence, sensing sea wind and an odd smell, and seeing birds flying in unprecedented devastation at dusk
”In the face of an encounter with the devastated landscape, I lapsed into silence, deciding to accept all spectacles in front of me. , which conducted me into contemplation on the complexity of resolving the human existence to nature.”