Dioramas – Hiroshi SugimotoSpeculative Design
“Dioramas” is the first photo project of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. In American Natural History Museum, Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera, long exposures time and adjustment of light to present his idealistic vision of nature. His photos brought these dioramas to live, “However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.” Sugimoto said. In this moment, the boundary between fake and real get blur.
Back to Natural History Museum, to make these three-dimensions dioramas, researchers and photographers are sent to the spots, collected lot amounts of specimens, photos and data from nature, then created the illusion of reality. Sugimoto’s re-photographing of the diorama transformed it to re-making nature on the different layer. In Sugimoto’s opinion, he was working for the scene human might lost someday. If it disappears in the future world, these photography works would be the collection of lost nature.