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.
Girl of the Flower Garden 1
Fire Abide with Me
Image for “Abilletage” II
Symphony for the Corset
Coming of Winter
I Dreamt of the Birds Flying
A Puff of Wind
A Little Night Music
Love is in the Air
The World Swings Round
Voice of the Wind
Coming of Spring
Guidepost of the Sky
Melt in the Moment
Dress up for my Night
Good Morning to this Sad and Beautiful World
Her Innocence Hurts Herself
Above the Sleeping Town
The World is Hiding a Voice in the Throat
Girl Traveling Without Baggage
Old Memories Faade into the Rain
The Silence Drives Me Insane
A Little Red Heart from Miles Away
The End of a Perfect Day
Rainy Days, I Caught Your Tears
You Lead Me to the Light
The Show is Over