What interests me the most is the hidden and invisible structure in our modern society. The structure is working everywhere we live. It’s born out of our desires, though it can often suppress and depress ourselves. I call the structure “Invisible Machinery”. Sometimes it’s embodied in the customs, the law, the social systems, or even the architecture. Sometimes it appears in our own behavior, gestures, and figures. “Invisible Machinery” lies on the outside and even on the inside of us. It’s invisible but the signs are everywhere around and among us. And I think a photo is a perfect tool to capture this invisible structure.
A photo is totally different from our pure eyesight which is dynamic and based on the duration of time, that is, our life itself. A photo is static and excludes time and life from the whole reality in front of us. In that sense, photography is the art of death. To photograph is nothing other than to “stop”. Therefore, photography can perceive things that are hidden in our continuously flowing lives; it is a secret ceremony going back and forth between “visible” and “invisible.”
The images presented here come from several projects: Invisible Machinery, Prewar Days, Theater Degree Zero… But no matter what I photograph, every one of my pictures is inevitably based on the concept of “Invisible Machinery”. It’s the destiny of my eyes and I can’t escape it.(By Toru Ukai)