Deaf photographer's works on the stricken area exhibited

Gotoda Saburo stands in front of some of his works on the situation of stricken area

August 2, 2011

The photograph show of a Deaf photographer GODOTA Saburo (55) from Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture has opened since August 2 in the gallery in the city. He had taken a great number of pictures in the stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Saburo left Kurashiki City by the private car on June 17 to record the situation of the stricken area. He slept in the car, visiting 12 cities and towns in both prefectures Miyagi and Iwate for nine days. He finally took a picture of 7,112 scenes in total under a severe situation for the camera to the degree to be broken. He signed, "I had a hard time to get information on the regulation of traffic, etc., because the highways and roads in East Japan were destroyed on the way".

The 50 photographs were taken to show the nail mark of the great tsunami from various angles: a huge ship washed ashore as in the picture above, a broken torii (a gateway to a Shinto shrine) and posts, etc. There are some works to cut out with the desire to the revival such as the beckoning figure of a cat displayed in shops laid in the debris, too.

Saburo signed, "I felt the breath of the revival in sadness of the stricken area. I want to produce the photograph book and donate all the proceeds to help the survivors".

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