SPECIAL FEATURED ARTIST
MAY 2018: Mankichi Shinshi (@mankichi_shinshi).
Mankichi Shinshi (born in 1984) is street / documentary photographer based in Japan. He started photography in 2013 with self-taught style. And now, at various public places mainly in Asia, he's walking around and taking photographs. It’s a seeking of the way of confronting the scenes where anyone can see (= general society), from his individual eyes. He pushes the shutter button when he feels “something”, and names to “something” as a photo project. By stacking such activities, he tries to affirm this world's fragments and his life one by one.
For more info www(dot)mankichi44(dot)com
Following from Darwin’s theory of evolution, we are on the extension of plants and animals — therefore, human beings can also be defined as “a part of nature”. Despite this fact, when thinking about “nature”, most people ignore the human component and praise only the parts that are green, lush and wild. Truly, are "nature" and "human" incompatible with each other? Are they located at the opposite end? If so, I conversely thought that pursuing "unnaturalness" could emphasize "humanity". This is the theme of this project. I intentionally photographed "unnaturalness made by human and artifact" in public spaces of various regions, but I have not done any staging or photoshop. In other words, it's also a "natural appearance of modern times" taken in a snap style.