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Moon Eyes is a series of photographs that alludes to my Japanese heritage through objects and symbols within the photographs themselves but also through the manner in which I shot. These photographs have all been taken in the past year, mainly in my hometown, San Jose, California. When I revisited San Jose, for just a week or so each time, I found myself compelled, more than ever, to photograph every person, place, or thing that I have always known but overlooked. They have always been there since I was young, but I suppose you really do grow fond of the things that are no longer a part of your everyday life. I tend to take a diaristic approach to photography by using a 35mm point and shoot camera, and I believe that approach was the only suitable means for bringing this project to life. This method has allowed me to shoot more freely, which has been rewarding in the variety of images I have been able to capture. However, shooting so freely has made it difficult for me to hone in on what it is that I am trying to say with my work. With this group of photographs, I am not so concerned with saying but showing.
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DeFonte, Christian, "Moon Eyes" (2012). Senior Projects Spring 2012. 369.
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