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A gallery talk by Hiroshi Hatano will be held as follows (Organized by Hiroshi Hatano photography office):
I‘ve always asked myself what a good photo was.
But, it wasn’t till recent that I had an answer I could swallow - photo that
conveys what you want to convey to the person(s) you want to convey
that to is one kind of “good photo”.
I recently found out that I have cancer.There’s no hope for a cure, so I‘ve got a few years left to live.
When I talk about it, there are those who want to encourage me with the
“miracles can happen” line, but if you are 1% hopeful, you also should
accept at the same time that the other 99% is all risk.
I have an absolutely adorable 2-year-old son by name of Yu. There is a
strong possibility that my son will live his life with little or no memory of
his father. But, that is neither sad nor unlucky. Both he and I simply live
with the circumstances we have been presented.
But, I want to share my feelings with him. His father certainly did not disappear
because he didn’t like him.
I take pictures to show my son how much I loved him. I just want you
(him) to know.
I wonder if that message will get across to him. It worries me a bit, but
there’s nothing I can do after I‘m gone and I’m sure my wife will take over
I am not exactly sure how the mechanism works, but when you press the
shutter button on a camera, that instant is captured as a photograph. I
was a bit slow figuring out for myself what a good photo was, but I
wasn’t late and I will keep taking photos right up until I die.
I‘m glad I chose a life taking pictures, but I would have been just as happy
had I chosen something different. My days are more fulfilling now than
when I was healthy. I’m simply glad to have lived.
Born in Tokyo in 1983. Withdrew from the Nippon Photography Institute
in 2004. Has worked as a commercial photographer and studied under
Tsutomu Takasaki since 2010, while winning the Nikon Juna 21 for his
“Ruins at Sea” that same year. Went freelance and got married in 2011.
Won the Epson Photo Gran Prix in 2012. Had a baby boy in 2016. Discovered
he had multiple myeloma in 2017, which he lives with today. Authored
“Becoming the Parent I Wanted When I was a Kid” (PHP Institute).