Seijakusei, vulnerability

A personal account of photographer Jean-Marc Caimi of the city of Tokyo. From depicting the daily life in the parks and in the street, to the night life in Shinjuku, bringing the intimacy of people in search of their vital space. Hints of a nation suffering from an economic and social stagnation, scared by what the future might bring, struck by environmental catastrophes. A city surprisingly fragile and vulnerable.

The first time I went to Tokyo I was a kid. It was together with my father. The city made me feel lost, helpless, scared. The people, the attitude, the language, the pace of each day was unbearable to me. I was overwhelmed, vulnerable. I returned to Tokyo 30 years later, with those kid’s memory still ruminating in the back of my mind. Slowly I started to feel a kind of relief, sensing that I was able to relate to situations and places. This time, I understood, I was ready to receive the city deep vulnerability.


a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

iMovie 11 on a Snow Leopard Mac.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

I did the music. I have followed a rock music career some years back, music has always been essential part of my life. Multimedia are the ideal place where to experiment with musical ideas.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

I work very closely with my colleague Valentina Piccinni, together we have been doing several photographic stories in the latest years. She is very good at editing and for this project she has smoothened the edges and fuelled with inputs my instinctive editing approach. In fact I prefer to first have a straightforward path sequencing and editing the pictures, just imagining the narration and the atmospheres linking the images one to the next. I think that over thinking and loading an editing with too much pre-rationalisation might lead to a colder often self-referential result. I believe indeed that instinct is something more universal than knowledge or reason and it’s the substrate feeding our togetherness and intimacy.

Post Categories & Tags

Jean-Marc Caimi | Vulnerability