赤子 Haru & Mina

Photo credit: Hideaki Hamada

Hideaki Hamada (Japan)

16 – 27 January 2013, 10am – 10pm
ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard

Admission is free

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Biography of Hideaki Hamada

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赤子 Haru & Mina is a touching and captivating photographic series by Osaka-based photographer Hideaki Hamada of his two young children as they explore the world around them. Through the dispassionate gaze of his camera lens, Hamada takes us on a journey through the wondrous process of growing up – of curiosity, make-believe, innocence, and comradeship, but also of moments of indecision, pensiveness and quiet understanding.

The entertaining and often humorous adventures of Haru and Mina become a reflection of their father's own adventures as a child, and also harken back to simpler, purer times that we have all experienced in our lives.

I'll always be thankful that a proud father like Hideaki would share his sons' treasured childhood moments with the world, reminding us to always stay curious and giving us a deeper appreciation for the relationships we have with our own siblings.

- Alice Woo, MyModernMet.com

I was drawn to the sense of humbleness, and also the way in which everything is pure and positive... [Hideaki Hamada] does a beautiful job at capturing the innocence of a child at such a young age. Hideaki also captures moments between a parent and child, the bond in which is so important in one's life. I couldn't admire someone more for their sense of living. Everything looks clean, simple, and most importantly the evident energy and enthusiasm in all the photos, whether it be the subject or the photographer himself.

- Mark Robinson, OEN

Relationship to Art & Entertainment

“My children are not only my little darlings but off-shoots of myself. When I look at them, I have a strange feeling - as if I am watching myself re-living my life. When I was a child, my mother occasionally gazed at me this way. Though I had some awareness of it, I pretended not to notice because I think I felt a little embarrassed. But now, I can understand how she felt because I, too, sometimes gaze at my children as my mother did. Nothing illustrates the future for me like my dear children. I wonder if they feel the same thing I felt when my mother gazed lovingly at me. I hope that they do.

“Children always act more than I expect. The inspiration for my photography comes from this sort of behavior. Though I direct some of my photographs, in most cases I take pictures of my children just as they are. What I want to show is their 'living form'. When I take photos of my children, the important thing is to maintain an objective perspective. Not too close, but also not too far away, as if I am watching them from behind. Something close to mere observation, I think. Obeying this rule gives the photos a universal quality. I believe that this universality is necessary to communicate their living forms to someone else.

“Although photographers usually tend to want to snap pictures at certain specific moments, children don't smile or cry all the time. Rather, they don't have any special facial expression much of the time. I want to use photography to keep their living forms in that day-to-day world. This way, the highly expressive faces that they occasionally make will look more life-like, and will produce photographs that we will never get tired of looking at.

“For me, taking photos is knowing myself. By looking at the world through a viewfinder, people can see what's happening in front of them more objectively. In addition, we can remember what we were feeling and thinking about in those moments by looking at the photos. In this way it is possible to discover aspects of ourselves which we never knew existed before. And my feeling is that this repetition of thought is what constructs my world.”
– Hideaki Hamada