Den Niwa Finds Proof Of Life On
Who: Den Niwa
Where he was born: São Paulo, Brazil
Where he lives now: Shanghai, China
What he does: Photographer
How it all began:
I began photographing friends as a hobby when I was living in Japan in 2010. But I seriously began photographing after the devastating earthquake that hit the eastern coast of Japan in March 2011. After the earthquake I thought that life should be documented in case disasters happen, we have something to leave behind.
How he captures ideas:
Trying to make something for yourself or convey an idea to someone else?
Convey an idea to myself.
If he were a sound:
Okinawan sanshin (like a Japanese banjo).
He believes in:
Self, life, and death.
If he could see social disruption:
Tackle the social-phobia present in modern day. We spend too much time on social media and on our phones alienating ourselves.
Something he needs to change:
Something great he’s read:
Truisms by Jenny Holzer. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.
His most recent artistic reference:
Momo Okabe’s Bible.
Favorite photograph by her most admired photographer:
1971, Sentimental Journey, by Nobuyoshi Araki.
His favorite photograph:
Yoko by Nobuyoshi Araki, the one on the boat.
Why he takes photos:
As a proof of life.
Where he finds peace:
A cafe in Kyoto Japan. Everyone that knows me knows about this place.
Den’s WILD Wish:
see more at den-niwa.com and on instagram