With his photobook “Burning Drop” the celebrated fashion photographer Jiro Konami offers a personal narrative that spans from his earliest steps as a photographer in his hometown of Hachijiojima to his current life in New York with his own family. Throughout the carefully composed series of sensitive and poetic photographs, Konami’s late father makes frequent appearances.
“Dad, eight years have gone by since you’ve gone away.
Ever since I saw your smoke leave the chimney and dissipate into thin air, I have been looking at the sky more often. I saw the birds, I saw clouds, I saw stars dancing in the night sky.
I now have a child of my own and understand your path a little better than when I was 20.
I have to face up to it and ask myself, what is it that I have seen?”
― from Jiro Konami’s statement (translation by shashasha)