Ordinary Backdrops is a photographic series that takes place in Japan. The photographs stand for a sense of plasticity which belongs to ordinary yet unusual views of the suburban scenario. It’s about witnessing a “state of things”: backdrops of everyday life, waiting for something to happen, yet being already protagonists of a careful composition.
These images are a selection that will be presented for the first time in the exhibition Forms of Formalism (Vitrine Gallery, 4.12 — 8.12.2014, Weimar, Germany) and featured in the upcoming homonymous book, distributed by Lucia Verlag.
Text and images © Louis De Belle
Italian photographer Louis De Belle traveled through the south of Japan, following a journalist and meeting traditional craftsmen; “however” as he states “I was often drawn to anonymous places and started shooting odd yet public circumstances, besides the official meetings. And it turned out as a wise practice, since the journalist was worried of sharing her contacts to my advantage”.