Individual by Motonori Shimizu

Issue 91

Number of Death: 15, 891
Number of Missing: 2,584 (as of March 10, 2015)

4 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

It has been recorded as a great disaster but it will not be long before it becomes history. However, sadness and suffering have been engraved on the minds of the victims. Actually, there are 15,891 stories like "My son was killed by the collapsed house." There are 2,584 stories like "My wife has been missing since the Tsunami."

The chances of hearing such stories from the victims have become rare by now.

One day, I had an opportunity to see the things left behind. When I saw them, I could not help imaging a variety of stories unfolding from them. So I decided to capture those things. And these works are the records of those "individual stories."

Motonori Shimizu lives and works in Nagoya, Japan.
To view more of Motonori's work, please visit his website.

 
 Bag

Bag

 
 Camera

Camera

 
 Astro Boy

Astro Boy

 
 Glasses

Glasses

 
 Cap

Cap

 
 Photography

Photography

 
 PC

PC

 
 Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone

 
 Clock

Clock

 
 Pencil Case

Pencil Case

 
 Camcorder

Camcorder

 
 Glove

Glove

 
 Picture

Picture

 
 Ornament

Ornament

 

Special thanks to:

HAZAMA ANDO CORPORATION / Namie, Fukushima
Kesennuma Recondact Association / Kesennuma, Miyagi
Minamisanriku Volunteer Center / Minamisanriku, Miyagi