“Halo” is the latest photobook by Rinko Kawauchi since her 2013 series Ametsuchi.
The images, shot on digital camera, interweave her unbroken interest in the lives of migratory birds with impressions from Shimane Prefecture in southern Japan and scenes from a traditional Chinese New Year celebration, where molten iron is thrown against walls.
In doing so, Halo “manages to create a seamless and mysterious atmosphere throughout, her images moving between the dazzlingly kinetic and the tranquil”, says photo critic Sean O’Hagan.
“Contemporary Japanese photography has not often been concerned with the natural landscape; the seemingly ever-expanding cityscape of Tokyo was more of a preoccupation up until 2011, a moment when the presumed order of things—natural, civic, and otherwise—was upended by the combined disasters of tsunami, earthquake, and human miscalculation. Kawauchi’s most recent work is not a commentary on natural disaster and unnatural aftermath. It is, however, an acknowledgment of larger forces at play.”
— from the publisher’s statement