|The wash basin at Atsuko and Gufu's|
As a book A Different Kind of Luxury has a particular look and feel in its design layout and photos. From a book designer’s perspective, this is good because it gives the reader a feeling of unity and solidity so that he or she can sink into the experience. But, as we know, reality has a thousand different angles. In this posting, I’d like to present the work of a young photographer who also got a chance to visit Atsuko and Gufu Watanabe, and Osamu Nakamura back in 1999. I just came across these photos, taken more than ten years ago by a woman, a girl of 17 at the time, Hatsumi Yano. You’ll see that they have a distinctly different feel than those in the book. But to my mind, that’s a plus. The world has a lot of different aspects, and a camera lens can pick them up. These photos were taken in mid-winter, and have that color palette. I was then, and am still, very impressed by Hatsumi’s work.
|The spice rack at Atsuko and Gufu's|
|The fire pit in the middle of the floor|
|Ceramic work by Gufu Watanabe|