Trails by Takashi Homma
. First edition (2019). First impression. Large format paperback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
*The signed copies are signe by Homma to title page.
In this dark and beautiful book, Takashi Homma traces the blood trails of deer killed in Shiretoko National Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Homma took the photographs in the winters of 2009 to 2018. He solely continues to trail traces of red blood in white snow that goes up steep slopes and across a river. Consequently, the resulting photographs are at once abstract and symbolic like ritualistic stains or calligraphic compositions.
Each scene involves some dramas of humans and their targets as same as Homma’s clear photographs of cities involve confusion of lives and people.
Considered by some to be sacred, deer in Japan have controversially faced culls due to their growing population, which upset agricultural communities struggling to protect their crops. To aid their mission in reducing numbers, the government encourages local hunters to take matters into their own hands. Homma photographs the effects – the red vestiges of wild life in the snow.
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