Close at Hand by Kevin J. Miyazaki
Within Reach (2007 - present) is an examination, in detail, of the environment of home. My initial motivation was to challenge my visual curiosity, and to simply create more pictures outside of my larger project and assignment work. But I now find a relationship to photographs from an earlier series, Early Places (2004 - present), in which I document my childhood home. The Early Places pictures are meant to encapsulate memory - to stop time and capture a space as I wish to remember it in the future. In Within Reach, the subject matter is random and decidedly unsentimental. But similarly, these pictures serve as a record of the space around me - both long ago and today. As a photographer, I'm encouraged to know that I can make images in an environment so close, and yet previously unnoticed.
Kevin J. Miyazaki lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
To view more of Kevin's work, please visit his website.