PiECE is please to add Ian J Jackson to our artists. And his first works on show are taken from a series of images taken of the aftermath of the Tōhoku Tsunami On March 11 2011. The Tsunami was triggered by an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 9 struck directly offshore and sent a tsunami smashing into the coastline of northeast Japan. Almost 16,000 people were killed and many more displaced. Artistic photographer Ian J Jackson visited the scene of the devastation soon after the tsunami hit. Ian felt compelled to record on camera what he witnessed.
For the five years since, Jackson did not show publicly what he recorded in respect of the departed and suffering. Then on the 5th anniversay of the disaster he released the work to pay respect to the memories of the souls lost and all that suffered.
“As I travelled I was taking pictures and I felt very strange about what I was doing because it was such a catastrophic event,” says Jackson. “For the last five years, I’ve looked at these pictures and haven’t really wanted to share them. But now I want to pay my respects to the people who have been affected. This is what I can offer as an artist…..by taking the images a step further to create something that I hope is beautiful from what I saw I feel I am giving something of myself and making a contribution spiritually”
Of the hundreds of pictures he took, Jackson has picked just seven that especially resonated with him: there’s a bicycle wheel, a fisherman’s boat resting precariously on a wall, a young man searching for any remnants of his past within the wreckage; each scene a cruel symbol of the power of a receding tsunami, now transformed into wondrous images using the very element that once destroyed them – water.
“I immersed the original pictures in water as large transparencies sandwiched with flexible pieces of mirror……by reflecting a large lightsource I was able to merge the image and the water making them one……there is no digital manipulation the images exist as conventional photographs” explains Jackson.