The series ‘Tokyo Is Yours’ is inspired by manga, printmaking and film noir, and set in Japan post the Great East Earthquake of 2011. Initially fascinated by the apparent inability to evacuate Tokyo in the case of a major disaster, I wanted to explore what it is like to live there. I was confronted by a culture that still surprises me in both its traditions and in its innovations, and how they co-exist in this inescapable bubble.
I strive to use a visual narrative to question our relationship with the world and with each other regardless of origin. To focus on connection and the strong visceral relationships equally found with people, places, animals, and objects. It is a quest to explore the layers between things, memories, human connection, fear, and escapism through the fantasy and metaphor I find in reality.
The book goes beyond individual pictures and can be read as a picture book both from right to left as well as in the Japanese style from left to right. It is a topsy-turvy insight into the layers of Japan that I explored.
The book can be purchased via my website https://meg-hewitt.com/shop/
Meg Hewitt was born in 1973 in Sydney, Australia and formally studied sculpture, painting, and temporal media. Since taking up photography in 2011 she has been selected as a finalist in the Moran Prize for contemporary photography, the Lensculture Street Photography Awards, the Head On Awards and the Maggie Diaz photography prize for women as well as being awarded a silver medal from the Prix de la Photographie, Paris.