Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer SATORU NAKAHARA ("SN") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
SN : 20 years ago, I got a master's degree and has worked as an elementary teacher. But I l likes photography and movie, photo works, design works, Art. In every aspect and works, My concern about life is to pursue creativity and humanity.
SN : It is too simple, that is the pursuit of beauty. It is from my request inside. When I took pictures and changing the exposure, I have filled the pleasure.
SN : I have not chosen to become a designer. I have to work to feed my family and my daughters. So I decided to work as parallel works. These give me thoughtfulness warmth and of humans.
SN : It is the pursuit of the expression of "Yugen.” This word is one expression of Japanese culture and art. It can not be translated exactly. The closest word is "Mysterious." I want to design and express by taking photos with all tools everywhere and all over the world.
SN : I think you chose any target and any job, tools, you should feel the true nature of human and life from every works and design works, artworks.
SN : It can be interpreting from background their philosophy and feeling the warm eyes of their works. And for a client's demands and though, the designer how he can design in his good faith and whole body.
SN : For their design works, to express their thoughts, how the designer could reduce the waste and sophisticate in his works.
SN : Challenging to areas that humanity has not reached. Because that is the essential desire of humans.
SN : In a virtual space, I want to create an art museum where anyone in the world can enjoy works in three dimensions.
SN : Taking a picture of an object that is standing quietly for a long time around the world and creating work. And with Japanese "Yugen" and "Wa colors" I would like to design and produce the works.
SN : Learning hermeneutics, history, and culture, difference in the aesthetic sense, and comparing them eastern and western.
SN : Rembrandt, Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci
SN : Composition and light, Composition with light.
SN : It harmonizes of art and photography. It is not digital art and digital photography. And it works on the home by using tools that can be used, everyone.
SN : I have repeatedly searched for comfortable points. It was a series of trial and error, and it was also an accidental discovery.
SN : Like a professional soccer player or the person making delicious liquor, I can pursue artistry with your own physical expressions and works. But any time, any place, I want to be one creator.
SN : Acting according to one's intellectual curiosity and aesthetic sense. Quest for ultimate humanity.
SN : None. Only my family's support. They gave me time to works free from housework.
SN : How to interpret literature and history, paintings. It may be called liberal arts.
SN : Limited time and equipment. On the contrary, maybe it was good for me.
SN : Simple and easy to express so that people can interpret the background of the works.
SN : First I want to take a picture of Yugen's work all over Japan. Next, I want to stay in the world and take a picture. I just want to concentrate on that.
SN : Being able to have design and artworks anywhere anytime in the world.
SN : I don't know it honestly.
SN : Design meets people's creativity that is one of human desire. If people's creativity is satisfied, people can be kind to families and neighbors, on the earth.
SN : The photographic pursuit of ”Yugen.” Especially how to express it by black.
SN : All my works. I can remember the time when I look at my photos and works.
SN : More digital, More beautiful, but it is doubtful whether we can express human spirituality and time
SN : Fusion with the universe or return to the inner human.
SN : It takes time to create the desired color and composition. If I start by hearing from clients to searching for the object, it will take about one week to one month.
SN : I start by observing the object well and read the story that flows there.
SN : Can people start a beautiful story in their mind and life from my works?
SN : I think the design decides to trend. Because design is human instinctive activity.
SN : What enhances human efficiency and potential.
SN : Olympus digital camera, Canon digital camera, Laptop Pc, Adobe photoshop
SN : Colors and light are the most important elements of my works. These consist of the construction.
SN : Did my work move in your mind?
SN : The work is far from the designer. The work and works are moving ｗith a different personality independently like his sons and daughters.
SN : People who feel the potential of my work. Especially the client who called out first.
SN : No.Past great painter of Art.
SN : Classical literature and the great books of history.
SN : I made a trial and error many times by getting the image inside.
SN : Rembrandt, Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci. How they were seeing the light and how they were seeing it.
SN : It was very difficult for me. I appreciate so much to this award.
SN : I like everything. Especially my favorite color is "WA colors." These are called "Unique to Japanese colors." And world heritage, Mr.Micheal Kenna's All works, sundown's light.
SN : My family has not really believed in winning this award yet.
SN : The same light always comes every day, every year.
SN : I couldn't predict at all. However, I still have remained a sense of creative activity in childhood. It never changes.
SN : When can a human become a real creator in the true sense? Can humans and time fuse ？ Is it the beginning of the end? I am also looking forward to it.
SN : Please tell me if there is a camera that can express white. Thank you for watching my works. It is my pleasure.
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