Blind Date by Lieko Shiga. First edition (2017). First impression. Large format boxed paperback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Blind Date
Flipping through these photographs of couples on motorcycles in Thailand is like a ride in itself, the long horizontal pages forming a panorama of faces sliding past you. It’s unclear whether the environment is rural, suburban, or urban. Some of the photographs were taken during the day, but most were taken at night. Even the fragility of the paper suggests a fleeting moment. The viewer is decontextualized, suspended, as if also on a motorcycle rushing past.
In most of the images, a man is driving and a woman, often looking straight into the lens, is the passenger (in some, gender is ambiguous). As viewers, we are almost as close to them as they are to each other. Looking at each couple, I wonder what they are thinking and where they are going, whether they are in love. I find myself focusing on the women, since it is their faces we get the most access to. Although they are most often passengers and not drivers, they don’t seem passive; perhaps it is because they look unflinchingly at us, which lends them a certain power and animates both the frame and the connection between viewer and subject.
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