Fascinated by the multiple metamorphosis of the blue sheet, Vanessa Franklin therefore decided to explore these numerous identities, photographing her friends wrapped in the azure cloth, with the collaboration of stylist Kosei Matsuda. Settings vary, and each picture enhances one particular relation between the model and the sheet. In doing so, the artist went further than a simple portrait and expresses important concepts of Japanese culture, such as a profound awareness of the impermanent nature of life, that the frequent natural disasters, but also the fugitive beauty of cherry blossoms, regularly remind the Japanese of. From religion to bondage, Vanessa’s images deliver glimpses of the jigsaw that is Japanese society, impressionist touches divulging to the attentive onlooker many clues about what makes the identity of Japan.
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