My father was a bit plump, he looked grumpy and didn’t laugh much in front of me. As time passed by, he became smaller and smaller. Long after I left home to live on my own, my father bought a black dog. Its belly was partly white, which contrasted with its body. The doggy’s name is Kuro, which means ‘black’ in Japanese.
Every time my father opened the door of the garden, the dog would stick out its tongue and wag its tail because it understood that it was going for a walk. However I’ve actually never seen my father walking his dog. But if the dog wasn’t around, then neither was he. Every day, walking the dog took him about two hours. Now that my father has passed away, I do it in his stead.
Whenever I walk the dog, I have flashes of memories of my father speaking to the people with whom he used to chat. Much to my surprise, that was the side of my father I never knew.
Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in the Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology in university, he began his career in 2006. In October 2019, photo book “Snowflakes Dog Man” published from CEIBA edition and “Mišo Bukumirović” published from Reminders Photography Stronghold as hand-made edition in May 2020. In recent, he has been working on a project as the theme of “human memory” in Serbia and Japan.
Snowflakes Dog Man
38.4cm x 19cm x 2.5cm
Edition of 450