1994, (Out of print) Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha CO., LTD. (絶版) 美術出版社
Supervised by Kotaro Iizawa, Design : Kenichi Samura

In contrast to frequent studio portrait work at the time, Ueda’s outdoor nudes represented a major leap toward new expressions. Three energetic Japanese women pictured in the wild amidst archetypal Japanese landscapes.

The lifebreath of eros Toward the Japanese nude
“In 1994, Kotaro Iizawa inaugurated a Contemporary Nudes photobook series with the publisher Bijutsu Shuppan-sha. Other photographers also took part, but I said, ‘Let’s shoot outdoors.’ At that time, everyone was vying to do ‘Mapplethorpe nudes’ against plain backgrounds. So I made a conscious decision to physically move outdoors and shoot Japanese models. I was able to locate three young Japanese women in their twenties, very Japanese in appearance and full of vigor. With three, I figured their energy would naturally tend toward the yang rather than yin—bright and outgoing, not dark and withdrawn. When the three of them stood completely naked in natural surroundings, they seemed so impossibly natural and enjoying their nakedness, as if I were seeing humans as they originally were. How can I say it? I could feel the robust, overpowering pull of nature through them. Not pretty nudes but boundless vitality laid bare.

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


1994年、「コンテンポラリーヌード」という写真集のシリーズ(美術出版社)がありました。私以外にも何人かの写真家がここに参加しました。このとき私は、まず「外へ出よう」と考えました。ヌードと言うことで、何かシンプルな背景を使う写真にすると、強引にメイプルソープ的な物の側にもっていかれてしまうと、その当時考えていました。だから物理的にも外に行って、そして日本人を撮ることをとても強く意識しました。人を選ぶうちに、三人のとても日本的な、生命力溢れる20代の女性と出会うことが 出来ました。三人ならば力の関係が“陰”ではなく“陽”に必然的に向かっていくと考えました。全裸の女性が大自然の風景の中に立つ、何か途方もなく自然で、本来、人はこうだったのではないかと、この三人の女性を見ていてそう思った。そこには、どーんとした自然な力強い存在感が確かに感じられた。綺麗な裸と言うよりは底なしの生命力。そういうものを撮りたいと思ったわけです。

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