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Winter Wonderland

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There's still a few weeks of summer left but never mind -- this lovely photo book from photographer Takeshi Suga has us looking forward to wintry days. Winter Wonderland is a 12-page tabloid newspaper of dream-like Japanese landscapes photographed at the beginning of 2013. 'The scenery I photograph is somewhat whimsical and delicate,' writes Suga, 'blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy.' Limited to 300 copies, the newspaper has an introduction from Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of similarly dreamy pop band Tennis.

Suga writes about his project:

In Winter Wonderland I am exploring the idea of a wonderland in wintertime Japan. Despite our culture being increasingly westernized and Christmas becoming almost as important of an event to celebrate as New Year’s, “Winter Wonderland”, a winter-time song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, is relatively unknown in Japan.

This reminded me of the fact that we imported the word ‘wonderland’ and while a number of imported words and cultural elements such as ‘Christmas’ have been assimilated into Japanese culture, ‘wonderland’ is a word many Japanese people have heard of but many people have never wondered what it is. This in turn raised the question whether or not a wonderland can be discovered in Japan.

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Through this sequence of imagery, I seek to convey that the idea of a winter wonderland, which was formed in the west, can also be applied to Japanese winter landscapes. Winter in some parts of Japan can be extremely harsh with heavy snowfall and fewer hours of sunlight than any other season but these images of landscapes show that becalmed beauty and wonder do exist in the moments of euphoric serenity the season also offers every now and then – that is where I believe Winter Wonderland resides.

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Winter Wonderland is currently available at bookshops in 7 cities in 6 different countries-- Kobe, Tokyo, London, Barcelona, Brussels, Oslo and Amsterdam.

You can order a copy of Winter Wonderland online through Utakatado Publishing. See more of Takeshi Suga's work on his website and keep up with upcoming projects on Instagram. Thank you for printing with us!

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