"Masako Tomiya is a photographer originally from the region of Aomori, north Japan. She has lived in Tokyo for years, and one day, she received news that her sister and sister-in-law, who live near her hometown, were both pregnant. This news inspired Tomiya’s series Kito, a reflection on identity, family, transmission and the passing of time.
Kito means « homeward » in Japanese. Inverted, « toki » takes on a completely different meaning « time ». In her poetic series, Tomiya plays with this dual sense. Her reflective photographic journey is undertaken with a subtle meditation on nature, and its seasonal transformation, alongside a representation of human life through women. Tomiya stages self-portraits and captures the daily lives of her mother, sisters and new-borns, to explore how her sense of home has altered with time.
« I’ve lived my life asking myself
“What am I? What is this world?”
For a long time, I wandered without answers, and before I knew it I was older.
Had time flown by, or was it all a dream resembling a memory?
This story transcends time and meaning and self
by staring down the idea of “myself”. »
-- Masako Tomiya "
Essay in French, English & Japanese by Masako Tomiya.
Design by Bureau Kayser.
Cover artwork by Satsuki Shibuya.
80 pages - Hardcover
Chose Commune, 2017
Format : 22 x 27 cm
New - Mint condition
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