Photography exhibition by Hisashi Mochizuki
June 4 - July 1, 2016 (Main Bar)
My memories from 40 years ago of being held up in a shelter atop Mount Hachimantai in the middle of winter are as clear as if it happened yesterday. I was trekking through Iwate and Aomori Prefectures, in strong winds and blizzards so savage they seemed to lift the shelter off the ground. The storms continued relentlessly two weeks and just as I reaching my limit, the eastern sky became colored deep red with the morning sun. It was the most moving thing I have ever experienced. The elation at seeing the shapes of the rime-covered trees extending far off into the distance mountain tops with the morning moon sparkling above, gave a dream-like impression - as though I were on another planet. It is now difficult to view large examples of rime-covered trees. But even now, I head off toward the mountaintops, through the deep snow, heavy pack on my back, filled with the desire to feel those emotions again.
Mochizuki's photographs can be seen on the covers and inside of many well-know publications. He has taken photos throughout Japan, traveled over sixty countries on assignments, and had a number of major exhibitions. He was one of ten photographers from around the world invited by the city of Beijing to photograph the 2008 Olympics. Mochizuki is Chairman of Japan-China Photography and Cultural Exchange Association.
The Exhibitions Committee