Kumiko Motoki

Kumiko Motoki’s photography has been seen by many French people at La Gacilly photo festival 3 years ago with her beautiful photographs of Sumo.  (check website below) For Neko project, she proposes us an extremely original project of photographs of cats with overprints of Ukiyoe on a cat. Ukiyoe is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. The term Ukiyoe means “picture of the floating world”.  There are many world-renowned ukiyo-e artists, such as Hokusai or Hiroshige. As the photographer comments : « However,  those artists are no match for my cat. My cat’s white fur is …

Yujiro Yoshiyama

Yujiro Yoshiyama created this series specially for the Neko Project. When he received the call for the project, his first idea was to ask a female model he knew to pose for him as for him she embodies the spirit of cat. The photographer mainly produces infrared photography but he also practices the drawing on pictures. For this series he writes words on his photographs as part off his state of heart at the moment. On the photo published in the book Neko Project (attached in this article), it is written: やるせない気持ち which means “a sad feeling”. In the series …

Iku Kageyama

Tsuru no Ongaeshi The series was made with a group who has supported to victims of Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. All kimono materials used for this series were sent from a kimono store owner who was a victim, and there kimonos were no longer for sale because of the tsunami disaster. The support group leader has changed the use of kimono to turn them into an object of memory for the victims. She contacted people all around the world to ask them to use these kimonos to make patch work tapestries. Iku Kageyama was asked to use them for a …

Yasuhiro Ogawa

“The world according to Shiro” Shiro (literally “white” in Japanese) is the name of a cat that Yasuhiro Ogawa met in one small island called Hatoma-jima, a part of the Ryukyu Islands. The picture presented for Neko Project is made of 9 photos. The one in the center, Shiro’s picture, is the center of a kind of mandala, a spiritual and ritual geometric configuration of a map in Buddhism. The pictures around the picture of the cat are elements of nature related to Shiro’s daily life and its environment. Yasuhiro Ogawa illustrates that way in a more vividly way the life …

Chiaki Yao

In the attached picture, we are at the beginning of March when we can still feel the cold weather. The shovel in the shade is the only remainder of the January heavy snowfall of January. The cat bathing in the sunshine taught me a message : spring is very near! This picture includes winter and spring coexisting. nekoyuhi.blog.fc2.com © Chiaki Yao

Tomoki Imai invites Risa Kayahara to talk

Thank you ! « I accompanied my husband to Holland for a year, between 2015 and 2016, for his residency. Unlike my husband who had work to do, I was almost in a housewife situation, and without a daily routine, I was often confused. But one day I realized that a big male cat appeared at about the same time and came to spy on me, and gradually he came closer and ran away right after his meal was over. But it was impossible to tame him. He was even trying to force the small opening of the door. Every day …

Satoru Suyama

About twenty years ago, I took this picture of a park slide and a cat, it was my encounter with photography. This photo was not only that of a cat in a park I photographed, but once printed, it had appeared to me as the whole universe. What I realized when I continued to photograph street cats, is that the places where cats can exist pleasantly, are also the places where mankind can live comfortably. I stopped looking at the world with my own measurements and realized how important it was in truth, from time to time, to look at …

Takahiro Shirai

It is a cat that Takahiro Shirai photographed on the shore of the Setonaikai (Seto Inland Sea) in Okayama Prefecture. Let’s feel the moment and listen to the photographer telling the story. « The twilight falls, everything becomes dark. At the moment the cat jumps, I take this picture when the jumping cat appears as a silhouette. Let’s be happy lookig at the picture and feel the beauty of the sea and the movement of the cat. » Another photo shows the silhouette of a cat under the moon. « That night, the sky, without being a sky full of star, rises my …

Hideto Kinoshita

Lost cat – Nekosagashiteimasu Just cats to be happy !   White cat – Shironeko One day I was visiting a city for the first time. I met an unknown cat and this cat seems to tell me « please take my picture ! » Isn’t it always like this when you take picture of a cat ?   instagram.com/kinoc00/ ©Hidero Kinoshita      

Kei Muto

Cat short stories « Twin » cats Both cats show their faces at the same time over the top of the house wall in front of my older sister’s house. Apparently they are not residents from her neighbours’ home, they are stray cats. But the neighbours fed them and were taking care of them. They even found names and gave them love. On the left part of the photo, the cat has been called Miki and on the right Chacha (this cat is brown and in Japanese “cha” means “brown”). They were often together and once I was on a visit to …