After the Tsunami the “rebuilding spirit” of the Japanese people has simply been awe-inspiring. And behind all the turmoil and feverish activity, life slowly recovers and people get healed.
Along with a lot of valuable possessions, many families their photos – priceless artifacts that constructed the landscape of their memories. Photohoku is an initiative to help them rebuild new ones by taking instant Polaroid shots and building new photo albums on the spot. So simple but so efficient.
Photo x Tohoku = Photohoku
Brian Petterson and the sweet Yuko Yoshikawa have been leading a team of volunteer photographers in the area of Tohoku since the aftermath of the Tsunami. The last Photohoku session was in the town of Yamamoto and I was lucky enough to join them. This was a great experience because through the media of photography the team exchanged a lot with the families, children, parents, and grand-parents. Each Photohoku session is a warm “smiling time” shared around photo albums. There is a ton of positive energy coming from this project!