|HYPER PEOPLE: Jennifer Langridge|
How does Japan inspire you as a creative person?
From an early age I have had a healthy fascination with the unusual or bizarre. So much of Japanese culture, entertainment and habit seems strange to the Western world and as a child I somundefinedehow found this reassuring. As the years passed I slowly learned more about Japan’s history and culture, I went through a phase where I was fascinated by the Geisha culture and everything that went with it. The concept of ‘self as art’ is something I am still inspired and intrigued by today, especially with regard to modern Japanese fashions. Whilst at university I discovered the films of Studio Ghibli and feature-length anime and wrote my dissertation on the Pokemon phenomenon. In more recent years I have drawn inspiration from a wide range of Japanese culture from my Asylum series – heavily influenced by the Konami RPG Silent Hill – to an upcoming series of Cosplayer Portraits.
Are you a fan of any Japanese photographers in particular?
Masahisa Fukase has always held a fascination for me, especially Karasu, a series shot after his wife left him. Araki is one of the most important Japanese artists/photographers in recent history and I find a lot of his work very inspirational. On a more commercial note I love the Cosplay Showcase app that has just been released by Nobutsugu Sugiyama – the photography is a really beautiful and clear documentation of contemporary costume play.
What were your highlights of Hyper Japan?
What would you most like to visit in Japan and why?
If I get the opportunity to visit Japan I would love to see the sakura, ideally in Kyoto. I would really enjoy doing some street photography in Tokyo and visiting the islands of Okinawa and Ryukyu-shoto. I would have to visit The Studio Ghibli museum and eat a lots of ramen and sushi too. The thing I would most like to see in Japan is an exhibition of my own work! I have always wanted to display a selection of either my music photography and/or personal creative projects in Tokyo. It is something I still hope to achieve one day.
All images (c) Jennifer Langridge
Having worked as a professional photographer for nearly ten years, Jenny’s most prolific work is with bands/musicians where she works under the moniker ‘Jenny hardcore’. She is a huge anime fan and particularly enjoys the works of Studio Ghibli. Her creative photography is often heavily influenced by some of the seminal computer games created and produced by the Konami Corporation. It is her dream to one day visit Japan and photograph the Hanami festival.