• Lonely Constellation

    Work by Hitoshi Fugo
    by Madge Yang
    Hitoshi Fugo, On the Circle #21, from the series On the Circle, 2010, Gelatin Silver Print
    Hitoshi Fugo, On the Circle #21, from the series On the Circle, 2010, Gelatin Silver Print

    Hitoshi Fugo, a Japanese photographer, alludes to the celestial heartbreak of the story of Tanabata within his photograph, On the Circle 21, in which a young woman wrapped in stars, similarly to a lonesome constellation, hunches upon the Circle that Fugo photographs upon. On the Circle refers to a circle of artificial grass that Fugo stages various subjects and scenes, from generational portraits to nature's changing seasons; On the Circle 21 strikes me as a darker interpretation of the Tanabata love story.

  • The Wonders of Flora

    Work by Mikiko Hara
    by Miyako Yoshinaga
    Mikiko Hara, Untitled, from the series Agnus Dei, 1998, chromogenic print
    Mikiko Hara, Untitled, from the series Agnus Dei, 1998, chromogenic print

    June is the beginning of the East Asian monsoon season. Although it's hot and humid and quite unpleasant as I used to experience while living in Japan, the plants and flowers grow strongly and their scent penetrates deep into the atomosphere. The lush colors of leaves and flowers give feed your eyes.