At the age of 72, Kimiko Nishimoto decided to do something she had never done before. She decided to take a beginners course in photography that was taught by her eldest son. Nishimoto immediately fell in love with the medium and began taking humorous, comical and sometimes surreal self-portraits.
10 years later, at the age of 82, she was given her first solo exhibition at a local Museum in Kumamoto, where she lives. Her passion for photography and humor proved contagious, and she soon became an internet star.
Still active at the age of 89, Nishimoto takes all her own pictures using a tripod and timer. All the digital enhancements and alterations are also done by Nishimoto herself. And now her work is going to be front and center at an exhibition in Tokyo taking place at Epson’s epsite imaging gallery. Titled “Asobokane” (遊ぼかね) – meaning “let’s play” in the artists local dialect – the exhibition will include new and previously unreleased digital artwork that examines the 89-year old artist’s passion for photography and outlook on life.
“Asobokane” will be on display starting December 15, 2017 and will be up through January 18, 2018. If you’re nearby, go check it out. It’s a good reminder that it is *never* too late to do anything.