I am pleased to announce my photo book ‘Restricted Residence’ published by Loose Joints launches in January 2020, it is now available on pre order, click here.
In 2017 the Japanese government began to repopulate the towns of Namie and Iitate, which were exposed to extreme radioactivity following the catastrophic leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Despite inconclusive scientific consensus of the longterm effects of radiation in the area, the government has reduced the exclusion zones and heavily financially incentivised residents to return to what were formerly bustling towns, with nearly 27,000 living and working there. Now, the area is eerily empty, with just a few hundred people brave enough to return. With the reactor still unrepaired and uninhabitable radiation hotspots scattered across the landscape, some believe these areas will not be safe for 50 years or longer.
Restricted Residence employs thermal technology often used in medicine and surveying, to render the everyday landscapes of Namie and Iitate surreal and inverted. With an accompanying essay by environmental writer Fred Pearce, Restricted Residence attempts to illustrate the hidden stresses on those affected by nuclear disaster, while raising questions about the broader impact of manmade catastrophes upon our fragile environment.