I BLUR photos, BLURT my thoughts, feelings, secrets and it is my BLURB!
Words and photos by Kensaku Shioya 写真家・塩谷賢作のブログ



New Photos “Lithuanian Kids” are added on my website.
Mix fresh milk with a whisk by hand over 1 hour and it gets whipped. Put it in a big glass bottle, shut up and shake it by hand over 1 hour. The mixture is separated and butter is made.
Making homemade butter was a tough work. I spent a long time for it after dinner at a children’s home in Elektrenai. In Lithuania there are over 300 child-care institutions and approximately 5,000 children are living there. The place I stayed was also one of them and the kids there live together without their alcoholic/drug addicted parents. I joined a project to support the kids and the institutions and keep visiting them and taking photos. We will have a photo exhibition in September and it will travel several places.
When I was small, mid-teen, my father was alcoholic and he was just a miserable old man without fatherly pride and the past glory. I was sick of seeing my parents fight everyday and hopeless. One day I could not stand seeing my father’s drinking and I put a lot of salt in his glass. He smiled and drank it over. My wish to help him transformed into an urge to kill him at the moment. My family got separated and I started living alone at last. I had a fit of depression and thought of suicide every day. I understand why my father became alcoholic now but could hardly at the time when I was too young to know realities in society of grown-ups. Perhaps, my father’s action with the glass with salt was a funny theatrical performance as a former actor.
I do not want to produce the kids as a symbol of sorrow and unhappiness. What I want people to know through the project is the reality of the kids and their needs. The needs, what are they? I believe the kids are living and suffered with inefficiency and I hope adults to teach that the kids have opportunities in many ways. That is my other role in the project.
The homemade butter was very tasty but I wished it contained salt. I do not need excessive amount of salt and dramatic interpretation.
新しい写真「Lithuanian Kids」をウェブサイトに追加。

posted by Kensaku Shioya at 4:46:54 | 日記 |


Valentine’s day at a ball room

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I attended a ball room dance party at the city hall in Vilnius on the Valentine’s day as a donator of charity contribution. I had no experience of social dance and it is not strange for Japanese. The movie “Shall We Dance?” was made in Japan and I hope westerners to see the backgrounds of the story when they watch it (especially the Hollywood version with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez). There was a time for all participants to try simple steps, movements and change partners and I found some other people looked like begginers with fun.
I donated three of my photos and the winner of lottery was Minister of Defence of Lithuania and his wife.
I had a chance to visit the Dance Macabre for a short time after the event with the people of government and financial circles. The club was full of young gothic people and hard noiise. I took off my bow tie when I entered there – it was too formal there.
ヴァレンタインデーは、慈善事業への寄付者としてVilniusのCity Hallで行われた社交ダンスパーティーに出席。社交ダンスの経験なんてなかったが、日本人なら特におかしなことではない。映画「Shall we ダンス?」は日本で作られた映画であり、西洋人が鑑賞する際にはその背景も理解してもらいたい(特にRichard GereとJennifer Lopez主演のハリウッド版においてだ)。途中すべての人が参加して、ステップ・動き・パートナーを代えるといった簡単なダンスを行う時間があり、初心者ながら楽しんでいるほかの人たちも見かけた。
政財界の方々との催しの後に、Dance Macabreに少しだけ顔を出す時間があった。クラブには、相変わらず若いゴスの奴らとやかましい音が充満していた。入場時には蝶ネクタイを外した‐さすがに場違いな正装だったので。

posted by Kensaku Shioya at 8:58:49 | 日記 |



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Don’t get too closer!
Don’t move!
Don’t lick the lens!
Don’t throw snowballs on my camera!

posted by Kensaku Shioya at 4:12:59 | 日記 |