In 2015, I found a box containing 765 slides from a Japanese family’s trip through the West Coast of America. This publication is a showcase of the images shot on that journey by the unknown photographer.
I don’t know if it is one person, a group, or a family—I have no idea who these people are. The only thing I am sure of is that they are Japanese, as many of the slides were covered in Kanji.
After flicking through the box I couldn’t help but try and piece their story together. I was obsessed with the idea that I have the memories of this family’s trip in my hands—one that may or may not have continued to other parts of America.
It’s all unclear, but due to the box having post-it notes taped to the front, it has made me ask the question, did they travel elsewhere?
The images are not retouched and have been left in the condition in which they were found. Scratches, stains and dust are all left as is and help create a sense of the ephemeral to the trip, with some of the images being truly cinematic. This book contains only a selection of images in which I believe tell the narrative of their trip. I hope you enjoy figuring it out as much as I did.
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