I shot these photographs in the Tohoku region of Japan, which was devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

What is “equivalent” in today's world? Is there a difference between the light and heavy aspects of human life, existence, and the joys of daily life?

There are people who lose their “normal” lives due to huge disasters, economic crises and pandemics. Inequality is also on the rise. And now, in Ukraine, people are suffering from the sudden destruction of their homes by war.

The lights in the windows of the buildings remind us of the warmth and presence of people there, and the certainty of their existence.


The title of this work is a quote from the title of the work by the American master Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz'sequivalent was a series of photographs of clouds floating in the sky, and was a philosophical photographic expression of what is “equivalent”.