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Like the Postmodern stories by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami (b. 1949), that give the reader a chance to interpret them in many different ways, the surreal and mysterious photobook of Takashi Homma (b. 1962, Japan) can also can be perceived according to one's background, experiences or view of the world. The photographs show us the traces of blood in the snowbelonging to a deer killed in Shiretoko National Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Homma reveals how the deer,once a sacred animal, has now become a pest to the Japanese agricultural communities struggling to protect their crops. However, the drips of blood, resembling ritualistic stains, transform the project into a symbolic calligraphic composition that gains a personal meaning to each of us. This notion is enhanced by the symmetry of dark tree branches traversing the whiteness of the snow and the abstract oil paintings in carmine shades that are included in the book.


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