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Arito Nishiki

This month is an exciting time for Mother F Stop, we have now reached the one year mark of promoting and publishing photographers every month on our blog and social media pages. We hope that this coming year will involve printing a journal of all our featured photographers and installing a pin up show!

Below you will find the work of Arito Nishiki. I ran across this series while looking at portfolios on LensCulture. The photographs have strong visual aesthetics that produce a dreamlike and mysterious world. It seems desolate, but when a closer look is taken signs of life are present. It possesses an inviting but eerie feeling that draws you in. Be sure to check out Arito's website below for more work!

Arito Nishiki

Born in Akita, Japan in 1981. Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. Lives and works in Tokyo.

【SOLO EXHIBITIONS】 2014. Meguro Museum of Art “NamiKake(Makuridashi)”(Tokyo) 2014. Gallery The White, “ NamiKake and Makuridashi”(Tokyo)


2016. Gallery The White,「The Ordinary 」(Tokyo)

2015. Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale(Niigata) 2015. The 12th 「1_WALL」Photography Exhibition (Tokyo) 【Award】

2016.LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017, Finalist

2015.The 12th 「1_WALL」Photography Exhibition finalist

2012.Japan Professional Photographers Society Exhibition JPS Yang Eye Award


By southern coastline, Niigata City is located in northern part of the Sea of Japan. A village sank into the sea by a coastal erosion called "Namikake" in their region.

In the darkness of night on this coast, it takes a long time to adjust my vision. Once my eyes get used to it, images of a big rock, trees, a lighthouse, snow and the sea jump into my vision. The images have been there in the darkness, but they suddenly appeared to me.

The landscape seems that it hasn't been there before and appeared in that moment I shoot. The coastal erosion that occurs in this region repeatedly changes their landscape each time. It is not the demise that one disappears by erosion, but it is the origin that the other is newly born. Every flash I make in the darkness, new form is born.

While I am at this place, I was feeling ambiguity between existence and creation, and reality and fantasy. It symbolizes that this coast is unstable forever by erosion. "Namikake" series are based on my these feelings in the coast of the snowy winter.

All Images © Arito Nishiki

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