In close quarters, yes in love: the photographer filmed the life of his large family in a one-room apartmentBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/in-close-quarters-yes-in-love-the-photographer-filmed-the-life-of-his-large-family-in-a-one-room-apartment
Japanese photographer Masaki Yamamoto (Masaki Yamamoto) did not have to look for inspiration for a long time. For several years, the young photographer has been documenting the life of his family, who for 18 years lived in a small one-room apartment with tobacco-soaked walls.
His photo book called Guts is a testament to the incredible love and special relationship of the family.
"My little brother tries to kiss Mom while she checks if he has a fever by touching his forehead."
"New Year's Eve dinner."
"My father checks how much my 15-year-old brother has grown, trying to lift him up, saying, "How big you have become.""
When Masaki Yamamoto was eight years old, his family was evicted from the apartment in which they lived, and the boy spent two and a half years in institutions away from his parents. They were able to reunite only in this little room, which gives the photos a special meaning. Despite the mess, the family members in the photos are smiling, joking and having fun with each other.
There is love and comfort in their constrained movements and gestures, as if they are even glad to be together. By exposing the truth and exposing his family's life to the public, the photographer challenges and changes perceptions in Japanese society.
Since these photos were taken, the Yamamoto family has moved, having saved enough money to rent a house. However, they have not forgotten about the past. The photographer's mother attached the photos included in her son's photobook to the wall in the new bathroom.