With Kinfolk – Concerning Japan, Flowers, Linens, and Seaweed

I’ve just returned from a second trip to Japan this year. The first was in February and its purpose was to shoot imagery for the current issue of Kinfolk Magazine. The second coincided with its release in Japan. I really can’t put words to how amazing I find all of this. As you may know, I’ve long loved Japan and in the span of only 6 months, I’ve been able to work nearly non-stop for Japanese publications and Japan-related stories. It’s too much for me to take in all at once. It’s sorta like a dream.

Volume 8 of Kinfolk marks a subtle but important change for the publication. The magazine will now be based around quarterly themes (the first of these happily being Japan) in hopes of including a broader scope of material, covering not only the usual fare (quiet moments, dinners and gatherings), but also the people and places that make these things possible. “Discovering new things to cook, make and do,” as Kinfolk now puts it.

For this special Japan-themed volume, I had the honor of shooting three stories and the cover. First, I was able to shoot a profile with Fog Linen Work creator Yumiko Sekine and clothing designer Rieko Ohashi (pictured on the cover). Secondly, I collaborated with Riley Messina and Erba Floral Studio for a piece on Ikebana. And lastly, I traveled to a small island in the Aichi Prefecture named Shinojima in order to document the Tsuji family bringing in a wakame seaweed harvest. Below are highlights from each story.

For thanks, I owe a particular debt to Sawako Akune. Without her incredible writing, her translating, her organizational skills and her friendship, I would have been walking blind. Secondly, I must give a verbal bear hug to Mayumi Nishimura, renowned macrobiotic chef and long-time friend of the Tsuji family. She grew up with them on Shinojima and arranged everything for us there. It is through her that I’ve discovered one of my most favorite places on earth. Lastly, I must give mention to the lovely Riley Messina. Her mastery of floral design (clearly on display below) continues to inspire me – as it should you.

And for the usual notes: All images shot with either a Contax 645, a Contax T2 or Leica M3 using Kodak Portra 160 and 400 films.

6 Responses to “With Kinfolk – Concerning Japan, Flowers, Linens, and Seaweed”

  1. Lisa O'Dwyer says:

    Incredible! I can see why you have a special love for Japan…your photography has that wabi-sabi feel to it to. The simplicity and imperfection in perfection. I lived in Shigaraki Japan for 2 years and it was an amazing experience. It’s been 10 years since I’ve been there so thanks for bringing me back!

  2. jensen says:

    these are all so lovely! and those flowers!

  3. Love these images! Japan was my home for a short lifetime. Missing it more after seeing these.

  4. Parker, I’ve always admired your work, and Im really glad you are being able to take your eye further worldwide. Great work on these images!

  5. nirav says:

    Incredibly inspiring and beautiful work as always Parker. I always look forward to seeing the world through your eyes. If you ever make it to San Francisco I’d love to say hello.

  6. Nick says:

    This is so good man. Found you through your article on : http://blog.thedefineschool.com/2013/05/what-i-have-to-say-parker-fitzgerald/

    Your a massive inspiration now and your work continually blows me away dude.

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