Yusuke Suzuki — First Year, Term 1 Work
1. What was your motivation for this project/these images?
I wanted to know how the people in Afghanistan live.
2. Describe your technique for making these images. (film or digital, camera used, settings and ISO, tripod or none, alternative process(es), etc.)
I took this trip with my first dSLR Canon EOS 30D, no tripod.
Image 1: Manual, F5.6_1/800_ISO160
Image 2: Manual, F5.6_1/60_ISO125
Image 3: Manual, F5.6_1/250_ISO640
3. What is your intention behind this work/in making this work?
I am from Japan, and Japanese media didn’t pick up much on Afghanistan, yet our government had provided a great deal of money and resources to Afghanistan to help them rebuild their country. I was curious and wanted to find out the truth first-hand, document it and bring it to Japanese (and other) younger generations. I wanted to communicate that truth through pictures. While the situation in Afghanistan is terrible—even in war, there are ordinary days and people there live and are very much like us. Afghanistan is a beautiful country, and its people are very nice—I wanted my images to follow not only the war, but also their daily lives.
4. What response do you hope to get from your viewers?
I hope viewers find something new within these pictures and feel something new because of them. My goal is to help the viewer step outside his/her own life and become more interested in world issues—to see, appreciate and be informed by how others live in their countries and cultures.
5. What other artists or art serve(s) as your inspiration?
I like music, so I get a lot of inspiration from it. Listening to really good music helps me visualize the images I want to create, and it keeps me motivated.