This photographic project can be summarized very well with the expression “to pass away” because Passages is the inner journey by Naohiro Maeda that explores the process of loss, death and passing on. The series is a spiritual progression characterized by a minimal mood, which focuses on feelings, like that of the sense of peace that happens to the pain of loss. His photography was inspired by personal events, as he himself tells:
“Two years ago my close friend passed away and I moved to the United States, these two strong experiences happened sequentially and created a disconnection I have never felt before. The weather and time of day in my work reflect my transition from sadness to calmness to lightness. Each photograph in the series shares the same proportions; the horizon, an endless line that extends through each image. The weather and time of day in my work reflect my transition from sadness to calmness to lightness.”
This transition becomes evident in his work, which he manages to move without becoming cloying, unlike many other works dealing with this type of subject.
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