I need someone


I need someone 
小林健司写真集 予約中(8月中旬発送予定)

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Kenji Kobayshi

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 “I need someone”は、この作品のタイトルであるとともに、私の写真活動のスタンスを象徴する言葉でもあります。



 タイトルの“I need someone”とは、すなわち“I need(to be in a mind of)someone”、誰かの心の中に存在していたい、と願う私たちがいる、ということです。
 “I need someone”という作品は、私にとっても、被写体の方々にとっても、“他者の心の中に存在している自分自身”を確認するための作業なのだと思います。その結果として生み出された写真は、2010年代の日本に生きる私たちが、同じ場所・同じ時間・同じ感覚を共有した証であり、私たちの絆そのものです。






"I need someone" is both the title of this series and symbolic of the stance I take in my photographic activities.

Since the first time I picked up a camera, I have continuously photographed people from the closest of friends to complete strangers. In the process of doing that, the desire to "squarely face my subject" has only gotten bigger to the degree that, at some point in time, I started visiting various people in their homes in order to take their picture.

Being the shy type and not so good at mixing with others, "photographing people" is, for me, both a means for "connecting with others" and a way to "make up for the loneliness". In order to distract myself from the loneliness and solitude, I have selected subjects of my generation who share the same desire to seek out, connect with and get closer to "someone".

The title "I need someone" calls attention to people like us who "need to be in the thoughts of someone else".
It is my belief that we are all lonely. No matter how happy one may be or how content one may be with his/her world, everyone harbors a "sense of loneliness" in their heart, which they can forget about if they can feel themselves in someone else's heart.
This series entitled "I need someone" was and is, for me and my subjects, an exercise in confirming "oneself in someone else's heart". The photographs resulting from that are proof that those of us living in Japan in the 2010s share the same space, time and awareness; they are what bond us together.

As the subject looks back this way, I am directly in his/her line of sight, and, for that matter, so is anyone who views my work. Here, what I am hoping to happen is for everyone to experience the sensation of being in the subject's thoughts while letting the subject into one's own heart.

My generation was born after Japan's postwar economic resurgence and did not enjoy the benefits of Japan's real-estate bubble. We toiled with fiercely competitive testing to get into university and were rewarded with a drawn-out hiring freeze. We were born in tough times.
An aging population juxtaposed by a low birth rate, the economic downturn that was precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, income disparity and poverty, natural disaster after natural disaster, terror, a disquieting administration that wants to take Japan back to its prewar mindset … day after day, it is a struggle to live with the insecurity of an uncertain future and the almost suffocating feeling of hopelessness that weighs upon us.

Still, I want to continue connecting with others, continue to see the light and continue to take pictures of my beloved brethren who live in these same times, in order to leave "something" tangible behind.
That is my mission as a photographer.

I wish for my photos to be the "light" for others.


1979年9月 東京都生まれ
2002年3月 早稲田大学第一文学部卒業

2015年7月 第13回写真「1_wall」入選
2015年9月 御苗場vol.17関西レビュアー賞(digmeout谷口純弘氏・古谷高治氏選出)
2016年2月 御苗場夢の先プロジェクト第8弾ファイナリスト選出 

Sep. 1979
Born in Tokyo.
March 2002 Graduated from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I of Waseda University.
July 2015 Selected to show at the 13th ”1_Wall” Photography Competition.
Sep. 2015 Awarded the Reviewer Prize at the Onaeba Vol. 17 Kansai Photo Exhibition
      (Selected by Yoshihiro Taniguchi and Takaharu Furutani of digmeout).
Feb. 2016 Selected as a finalist for the 8th Onaeba “Yume no Saki Project”.