Let’s take a look into a Japanese photographer’s dreamy photographs of everyday scenarios. His lavish, expressive photographs shrouded in milky, earthen tones create an unparalleled fantasy world that you won’t want to leave.
Toyokazu Nagano’s photos are sweet, perfectly combining a dream-like palette with fascinating story-telling. Each frame seems to burst with life, sucking you into the lives within. Nagano crafts these little stories elegantly through sets of pictures, taking the viewer’s hand and leading them across a soft, pastel landscape. His portraits stand out in their effortless capturing of personality through simple expression and composition. It’s as if one is looking into a different world.
Nagano’s photos also showcase the everyday, and serve as a collection of the myriad cultural normalcies and nuances of his life and the lives of his subjects. They remind me of sitting at a train station and watching all the strangers walk by. Little snippets of lives collecting into bright, cute, and humourous narratives. Most of all I love the many adorable pictures of children laughing, jumping, playing, and generally being lovely.
I love photos and photo series that concentrate on the normal, the everyday. They remind me of what photography is really all about; time. These kids will grow up in the real world, but in these pictures they’ll stay the same forever. The places, the colours, the expressions — all these things will stay the same, bound together in an image forever. Their shared palette of milky, earthen tones is like a choral lullaby for the eyes, lulling one into a sense of cloudy wonder. If I’m ever missing, look for me there, in the grass, and the sky, and the light.
All photos were taken from Toyokazu Nagano’s photostream.