Hajime Kimura – Tracks
“The farmer told me, “It will happen after dusk”. One day in spring, at midnight, when the rain was drizzling and the temperature was getting warmer I heard from outside my room. “Hey, it’s born!” It seemed like someone was beating at my door. Since I was fast asleep, I tried to regain consciousness. “You’re coming with me! It’s almost the break of dawn.” I tried to understand what was going on.”Oh my god…” When I arrived at the stable, it was already on the ground standing on its own four legs. The farmer mumbled: “Bouncing baby boy”, it was like the arcane ritual of his long and winding road. “I’m sure he will become a great racing horse.” The farmer said with a low voice as he was gazing at the young pony.
Currently more than 95% of racehorses are born and raised in the southeast of Hokkaido, an island located in northern Japan. The region was originally known for its war-horses until 1904. The intensity of competition at the horse races increased to the point that the new motto is “Losers must disappear”. Moreover, about 90% of horses born with any kinds of defects are transformed into cat-food, dog-food and food for human consumption. After only a couple of hours, he tried to get milk from his mother. I could hear birds chirping and noticed that the sun was rising.” – Hajime Kimura
Stunning aesthetics combined with powerful emotions. Add style to this mix and you get an amazing series. Every photo brings out an array of multiple feelings and hidden symbols. The black and white and powerful contrast lift this whole ensemble to an exquisite level of elegance. Everything is simplified and by doing so, the photographer expresses the desired essentials. Although these photos are part of a documentary-style series, almost every photo can stand alone and this rarely happens in this type of work. A “fine-art documentary” if you wish to categorize it to current trends.
Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. He began his career in 2006. His work “Solitary” awarded “Tokyo Documentary Photo Workshop Scholarship” in 2011. His first long-term project “MATAGI” focused on Japanese ancient tribe in Nigata prefecture for 5 years was published in 2012. In January, 2013 his private work “Man and Dog” won the 2nd prize of Vattenfall photo annual award in Berlin and exhibited at CO Berlin. His first photobook “KODAMA” won the first prize of IPA photobook Asia award 2013 in Singapore, the special prize of Konica Photo Premio 2013 in Tokyo.
You can see this whole featured series and more of his work at his website http://hajimekimura.net