Asia is a fascinating continent to all the other parts of the world, by culture, traditions and customs. All these special features are reflected in art also, which has a unique and graceful feel.
Today’s showcase proves it, by introducing a very talented artist from Japan. Kiyo Murakami combines photography and photo-manipulation into amazing pieces of art – she manages to create fantasy worlds that you can’t even dream of.
We interviewed her and very kindly she agreed to share some thoughts with us. Here goes:
Q: Hello Kiyo and welcome to pxleyes.com community. Please introduce yourself.
A: Hello and thank you for inviting me. My name is Kiyo Murakami, and I am a freelance photographer and designer living in Tokyo.
After I graduated from art school I continued experimenting with various art forms: illustration, design, music, etc., and discovered that I was able to best express my myself through the world of photography.
“Goddess of ‘Origami'”
Q: Your art is simply amazing. Please tell us what kind of software do you use for manipulations and what kind of gear for photography?
A: Thank you very much. I shoot exclusively in RAW format and do all of my editing and manipulations in Photoshop CS5.
At the moment, my primary camera gear consists of a Canon EOS 5D MkII body with lenses that include a 28-135mm zoom, a 50mm f1.4 prime lens and a 20mm f2.8 prime lens.
“Try Your Fortune”
Q: Is there something or someone who inspires you in the creation process?
A: To be honest, I’m not that familiar with famous photographers, though I have found inspiration in paintings, music, and movies – old paintings and classic films in particular, but my most creative ideas come from my childhood memories and dreams.
“Night Scented Girl 3”
Q: How long does it take, approximately, for completing the creation of such a beautiful image?
A: If I am working alone (and depending upon the image) it can take up to 4 hours or longer for the shoot, with an additional 4 to 8 hours spent in post-processing.
When I collaborate with someone else it usually takes considerably longer as we exchange ideas and work through drawings and rough sketches.
“Girl of the Flower Garden 3”
Q: Is there any theme in art that draws more your attention?
A: When I was little, I really loved surreal art because it can transport us to other worlds.
Now, we can easily create that kind of art on the computer and while I still find it fun, I have come to place where I tend to be more thoughtful in my approach to my creation, and the concepts it leads me to.
“Girl of the Flower Garden 2”
Q: Do you collaborate with other people?
A: Yes, I chose to surround myself with creative and talented friends whom I often collaborate with.
As an example, I recently collaborated with Japan’s exclusive women’s corset brand: abilletage (www.abilletage.com), which led to a very exciting photo exhibition in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.
“Night Scented Girl 2”
Q: Please give a little piece of advice for the artists just starting out in this field.
A: My best advice is have fun with your imagination – try to be creative without thinking too much about what photography is.
I also believe that it’s very important to surround yourself with creative people and friends with whom you can share ideas and find mutual inspiration and support.