No Purpose. Artist book. Edition 1/150. Self published in February 2015, Tokyo, Japan. Format A4 (21×29.7 cm). Soft cover. 60 pages (59 photographs). Handmade. Japanese Stab Binding. Signed by the artist on the back of a book.
It is one’s heart that makes photographs not a camera. Ability to feel is our greatest asset.
It is a city that takes our life away, it is a city that make promises, we trust brands to make us feel special, it is corporations that make us feel needed and valuable. We are afraid of the usual and the ordinary. We sacrifice too much, we sacrifice self.
Jay Komuda is in the business of taking photos of our dull urban environment to highlight a certain aesthetic enjoyment. “Boring” focuses on places everyone else just passes by and areas we would simply call unattractive. It investigates spots that are stripped of human presence, public spaces we shape and living conditions we face each and every day.
Imagine a river scene where moving clouds, river stream and a main plan originate from different takes and rolling at various speeds. It’s extremely static and people start getting suspicious and wonder what’s going on? But there’s really nothing. It’s just an ordinary experience as if you’re sitting by the river for 2 hours watching the clouds go by. That’s the allure of the mundane that I adore.
Before A Bigger Splash
The nomadic lifestyle requires physical and emotional strategies to manage the homes and relationships we build along the way. The fact we are hyper-connected, text or tweet makes no difference. Every single city is a new life that can last from a couple of months to a few years. The urban landscape remains permanent while people come and go.