Live together  ~祖父の日常~

なぜ、地方の何気ない日常風景に心惹かれるのか?

 

私は2012年より日本各地を数年間ひとり旅した。道中、心打たれる瞬間は幾度もあり、そのほとんどは地方に暮らす人々の何気ない日常のひとコマだった。その瞬間、好奇心をくすぐられ、その土地の文化をさらに知りたいと思った。なぜそう思ったのかはわからない。でもその理由がわかれば、地方活性化の糸口になるのではないかと感じた。

 

そこで、故郷 秋田に暮らす家族の日常を撮影することにした。被写体は主に祖父。何事にも強いこだわりを持ち、神経質で人の言うことを聞かない性格はまるで自分自身を見ているようで、気づけば祖父ばかりを追っていた。

大工や農業など長年に渡り肉体労働してきただけあって、80歳を過ぎても作業を行う際の身のこなしや鋭い眼光には迫力がある。手のひらに刻み込まれた皺には、まるで樹木のような長年の歴史を感じた。雄大な大地や大切な人と共に生きる祖父の姿には、力強さと儚さを感じた。「人はいつか死ぬ、時間は有限だ」そんなメッセージをもらった気がした。

 

祖父の記録を通じて、自然の恵みや共に暮らす人間の温もりを改めて実感できた。

共に生きる」当たり前のようで、非常に考え深い言葉だ。日本を旅する中で、なぜ何気ない日常のひとコマに心打たれ、見知らぬ土地に関心を抱いたのか。それは、当たり前のように自然と人間が共存している生活風景から、生命の尊さと長年受け継がれてきたその土地の文化を想像できたからではないかと思う。 

 

 

Since 2012, I've been traveling around Japan by myself for several years, taking pictures. There were many touching moments along the way, most of which were casual glimpses into the lives of people living in rural areas. At that moment, my curiosity was tickled and I wanted to learn more about the culture of the place. I'm not sure why I thought that. But I felt that if we could understand the reason for this, it would be a clue to local revitalization.

 

So I decided to photograph the daily life of my family living in my hometown of Akita. The subject is mainly my grandfather. He was a strong believer in everything, nervous and angry, and his disobedient nature was like looking at himself.

He has worked as a carpenter and farmer for many years, and even though he is over 80 years old, his physical movements and sharp eyes are powerful. The grandfather looked happy as he lived with his loved ones on the magnificent land. And every day, as he walked powerfully, he seemed to be steadily moving toward death, one step at a time. I felt like I was given the message, "People will die someday, time is finite".

 

Through my grandfather's records, he learned about the blessings of nature, the warmth of human beings living together, and the preciousness of casual daily life. 

"Live together" seems so commonplace, but it's a very thoughtful word. Why did you find yourself struck by a casual glimpse of everyday life during your travels in Japan, and why did you become interested in a strange land? I think it is because I could imagine the preciousness of life and the culture of the land that has been handed down over the years from the scenery of life where nature and humans coexist as a matter of course.