1997, (Out of print) Korinsha Press, (絶版) 光琳社出版

Design : Kaoru Kasai

With his new family and move to the seaside, Ueda bid farewell to his long, onerous struggle to find his own photography and entered a season of joyful camerawork. Ueda's seeing eyes came out into the light. Born of the sun shower, this floral collection fairly brims with a life-affirming brilliance unlike anything Ueda previously produced.

Blooming in broad daylight

“The summer of 1995, I took a vase of flowers my wife had arranged out into the sunny garden and photographed it. We had just moved to the seaside and the light on clear days was dazzling. In my commercial work, I always feel like I'm jetting about. But during the occasional break, whenever I can get a solid stretch of time, I photograph at a feverish pitch. Viewing flowers in the sun might seem rather pedestrian, but flowers from indoors visibly regain their lost vital force once out in the sunlight. They actually seem to come to life again, even the bent and faded ones. It was that vitality of the flowers and the rejuvenating power of the sun I hoped to photograph. A shift from expecting light to gently illuminate the essence latent in the dark as in most photographs, to wanting to see that essence out in the sunlight—these Flowers sprang from that conscious intention.

from the "Photographer Interview" section of the FujiFilm homepage (used with permission)

自己の写真を見出すための重く長い格闘の時代とも別れを告げ、「私の写真」と出会い、写真を撮ることの喜びに満ちた季節に足を踏み入れたそんな時期、家族が増え、海辺の家に住むようになって眼差しも変化していった。そうして降り注ぐ光に満たされた花々の写真が生まれる。画面に溢れる強い生命感は、それまでの上田の作品とは大きく異なるものだった。 これらの作品をまとめた『FLOWERS』は1997年に出版された。

FUJIFILM Home Page Fotonoma 「 The Photographer Interview 幸福な写真に向かって」より掲載した。