Chino Otsuka's delicate and eerie Imagine Finding Me series
Photography has dabbled in some dubious deceptions over the course of its relatively short history. From Loch Ness monsters to pie in the sky flying saucers – it’s a medium with a lot of tall-tales to answer for.
The latest project from London-Based, Tokyo-bred photographic artist, Chino Otsuka, proffers yet another piece of kodachromatic trickery, with a somewhat subtler approach.
Commissioned by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Otsuka’s show will be the first London outing of her renowned Imagine Finding Me series.
Preoccupied with her own history, Otsuka’s digitally manipulated photographs exemplify her understated artistry and elegantly articulated histrionics.
Images of Otsuka as an adult are craftily combined with snaps of the artist as a child, pinched from the family photo album. The resultant composite snapshots are both glaringly literal and astoundingly subtle musings on the contemporary relevance of the self-portrait.
Otsuka’s delicate photographic montages draw us into a world of fuzzy nostalgic wonderment. Acting as, in the artist’s own words ‘a time machine’, Imagine Finding Me takes us on a whistle-stop tour through Otsuka’s sepia-toned past - and we're more than happy to go along for the ride.