I have always been inspired by Basho Matsuo's poetry. His most renowned work, The Narrow Road to the Interior, evokes the fragility and the beauty of the four seasons, combined with an empathy for the places where he wandered. His remarkable words suggest the truth and the significance of the reality, and do not merely describe the facts. He engages in deep personal reflection, both in himself and his subjects. His words are like a stone thrown into a pond. The ripples spread across the water, as his words do in the reader's mind. I want my photography to aid the viewer's mind in visualizing my subconscious. Here, in this work, a downpour violently hit the water; there weren't ripples and nothing is reflected on the surface. But after I printed this image, I realized that this is my first image that perfectly reflected my subconscious mental state—disturbed, but calm.
Chikara Umihara came to New York in 2006 to pursue his interest in photography. Formerly, he was a practitioner of martial arts for over 15 years. He earned his BA in literature from Waseda University in Tokyo, in 2000. He attended Review Santa Fe in New Mexico in 2010. He was a 2010 Hot Shot!, and he was selected for the Present Tense competition exhibition at Photo Center NW in Seattle as well as the new directions competition exhibition at wall space gallery in Santa Barbara and Seattle in 2011. Chikara was named the 2010 Hey, Hot Shot! Ne Plus Ultra, and is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery.