The older I get, the faster I feel the passage of time. In order to confirm that I am moving forward, I record my days and look back at the photos I have taken. The associations I make from the clues in my days are always vague, but they clearly show that there exists a "now.” As the number of clues increases, the timelines gradually blend together. I print out the memory clues, touch them, and try to actually mix them together. They talk to me about the passage of time, transcending my consciousness. The accumulation of the "now" is a specimen of time. As I look back at them again, I feel a sense of affection for things that I had taken for granted and overlooked. I'm going to try to see how many of these specimens I can keep.
1996 Born in Shizuoka
2019 Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Photography
Currently working at a studio in Tokyo.
While in college, creating analog collages by using cutters and glue.
Judged by Tim Barber:
Miki Takahashi’s work makes literal and physical the idea of photographs as abstracted and translated pieces of memory. Takahashi describes the source images as “clues” and pieces of “now” that, when accumulated, reveal a “specimen of time”. Memory is faulty, and time passing obscures and distorts one's own narrative. Photographs, in a similar way, are untrustworthy, not true or false but subjective pieces of evidence, “clues” to the constantly unfolding mystery of existence. Takahashi is investigating history, collaging the evidence and revealing poetic and uncertain vignettes.