COVID-19 kórónuveirufaraldurinn hefur svo sannarlega sett varanlegt mark á heiminn í dag. Mörg hundruð milljónir manns búa við einhvers konar samkomutakmarkanir og einmanaleiki og einangrun reynist mörgum erfið.

Margir ljósmyndarar hafa búið sér til verkefni með því að mynda auðar götur sem áður iðuðu af lífi eða mynda fólk í einangrun í gegnum glugga. Japanski-kanadíski ljósmyndarinn George Nobechi hefur hins vegar undanfarið deilt myndum sem hann byrjaði að taka árið 2015, þegar að hann gekk í gegnum stormasaman tíma í sínu lífi. Myndirnar urðu að myndaseríunni Here. Still. (Unmoored) sem tók Nobechi þrjú ár í smíðum.

Á þeim tíma sem ljósmyndarinn hóf þessa vegferð sína var hann enn að syrgja föður sinn, sem féll skyndilega frá nokkrum árum áður. Nobechi var einnig að gera upp erfið sambandsslit og framann í fjármálaheiminum í New York sem varð til þess að Nobechi upplifði kulnun í starfi, sem á ensku er einfaldlega kallað „burn out“.

Nobechi eyddi þremur árum í að ferðast á milli borga, gista á sófum vina sinna og sætta sig við hvaða stefnu líf hans hafði tekið. Þá fann hann aftur fyrir ástina á ljósmyndun, ást sem hann hafði fyrir löngu glatað í hinum hraða heimi. Í myndaseríunni Here. Still. (Unmoored) fangaði hann á filmu rými í sínu eðlilega ástandi; tóma rútu, mótelherbergi, vinnuborð leirkerasmiðs svo fátt eitt sé nefnt. Alls er um að ræða fimmtán myndir sem hafa nú gengið í endurnýjun lífdaga sökum þess að þær minna um margt á þá kyrrð og einangrun sem ríkir víða í heiminum. Tilgangur Nobechi var einfaldur – að fanga hlýju mannkynsins innandyra og kyrrðina í heiminum utan veggjanna.

Hér fyrir neðan má sjá nokkrar af myndum Nobechi, en fleiri myndir má sjá á heimasíðu hans.

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Life imitates art. I am not sure that I had ever experienced this firsthand before this year. Three new additions to my series Here. Still. Those of you who are familiar with my work will know this, but long before the world came to know the era of Covid-19, isolation and being stuck indoors, I spent three years on the road and experienced these same feelings of disconnection from the world outside. I made an entire multi-year series of contemplative photographs about the presence of humanity on the inside and the world beyond the window, like a stage or film set, life playing out before us, but unreachable through the glass. This project has taken me to exhibitions in the US, Australia, Mexico and Italy, and I was slated to go to Germany as well, and perhaps one day I will still get that chance. Things are moving on this front once again, so stay tuned here for more. In the meantime, you can see my original series here: www.unmoored.com シリーズ「静寂はここに」新作です。コロナウィルスの感染拡大阻止のため世界各国で家でこもって自粛する運動が始まる前から、私は窓越しの風景を撮影していた。今皆さんが感じている孤独、不安、寂しさは三年間に渡るひとり旅の時にはしみじみと感じていた物であった。今再び窓から世界を眺め、しかし外へ行けないという状況にどことなく懐かしさを感じる。 Images: 1. "Canal View" Otaru, 2020 2. "Art Lounge" Tokyo, 2018 3. "Coffee Shop" Kushiro, 2020 #georgenobechi #fineartphoto #artsy #patriciacondegaleria #agalleryforfinephotography #herestill #Unmoored #isolation #quarantine #stayathome #windows #landscapephotography #fineartphotography #covid19

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I have news to share. Please read below: I'm honored to announce that "Visitor Center, Great Sand Dunes National Park" will be joining the collection at the prestigious Center for Creative Photography in Arizona @cntrforcreativephoto after being a part of the upcoming juried exhibition "Qualities of LIGHT", an homage to the great NY gallery of the past. The jurors for this exhibition are some of the most knowledgeable gallerists in the world, and I'm incredibly honored to be selected and to have my work at the CCP, which I longed to be a part of one day. To commemorate this occasion and to give thanks to the galleries who have supported me, I am having a special print deal for a limited time through my gallery partners. You can read about the details on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/NobechiPhoto "Great Sand Dunes" limited edition prints are available at @patriciacondegaleria and @agalleryneworleans as well as the Webster Collection in Santa Fe, NM. The other images are available through the galleries as well, all from the series #herestill @unmoored.photo Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.

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After the snowflakes stopped falling and the night fell in their place. 2.26.2019. 日本語は下に続きます。 I am honored to announce my selection to the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography's "New Directions" photography collection. My series #unmoored (@unmoored.photo) , a long-term project of photographs depicting the warmth of humanity inside and the serene world outside of windows is being showcased at detroitccp.org. As part of the exhibition I will be doing an Instagram takeover with @detroitccp this week, showing some work I have never shown before, such as this piece made just last week, so please follow along with me there. I would like to thank DCCP Director Kyohei Abe, whom I met @filterphoto in 2018 for curating me into the collection. デトロイトの現代写真センター、 DCCP のコレクションに僕のシリーズ Unmoored「静寂はここに」 が選出されました。現在ホームページ detroitccp.orgにて作品が紹介されています。 今週は@detroitccp のインスタグラムでこれまで未公表だった作品も紹介します。シリーズ紹介のインスタグラムも@unmoored.photo にありますのでそちらの方でもフォローをお願いします。どうもありがとうございます。 I consider my work on this windows series to be finished, but every once in a while I make a new photograph, for me. This image was made shortly after the snow and trees scene from the prior picture in my feed. The fresh snow settled on the window railing and the barren cherry blossom tree outside–the same one from the other photograph. Night fell on Room 212, a room I have stayed in so many times over 30+ years with my family. The radiator, the patched wall paper– hardly anything changes. I turned on the light in case my grandparents needed to find their way back to this place from somewhere far beyond the lake.

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