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My overall theme is "the search for beauty. The feeling of "beauty" is born from the resonance between the beauty of an object and the "aesthetic sense" of the person who sees it. This sense of beauty is very broad and deep, and stems from our instincts as creatures, personal experiences, and the culture and history we have learned. Japanese people have a unique aesthetic sense that perceives beauty in things that do not appear beautiful at first glance. Why do I find it beautiful? Why have Japanese people turned them into works of art? and express them in the form of photographs in order to make the most of their beauty.

Japan is a long and narrow island country with a complex topography unlike any other in the world, including mountains, rivers, and the ocean, as well as a distinct climate with four distinct seasons. Since ancient times, the Japanese people, who have lived in harmony with nature with an awe-inspiring view of nature that both reveres and fears it, have found beauty in nature, as reflected in the words "Kacho-fu-getsu" (flowers, birds, winds, and the moon) and "Yuki-getsu-hana" (snow, moon, and flowers). Its characteristics tend to be ``simplicity,'' ``quietness,'' ``harmony,'' ``ambiguity,'' and ``delicacy'' as ``beauty.'' Japanese people have also developed a unique sense of aesthetics, such as ``impermanence'', ``awareness'', ``subtleness'', ``elegance'', ``wabi'', and ``sabi'', in response to the ``transition'' and ``change'' brought about by nature. For the Japanese, nature has nurtured their sense of beauty, and nature is the standard for beauty.

This sense of beauty has been passed down from ancient times to the present day, and is rooted not only in art, but also in the details of food, housing, one's own actions, and way of life, and influences corporate philosophy and political ethics. Considering the Japanese aesthetic sense also means questioning its value in society and considering how it can be utilized in an ever-changing world. 

And the key element I am now focusing on is "time". Time is related to the Japanese aesthetic senses of "impermanence," "the beauty of things," "mysteriousness," and "elegance". How can we express the flow of time through photography? What changes does the flow of time bring about in a photograph?
Exposure time is an important technical element of a camera, and is set to take pictures with the right brightness, but I consider time to be more than that; I consider time to be one of the subjects, and I take pictures that utilize exposure time.