As The Waves Receded – Photographs from the Tōhoku Tsunami

by Ian J Jackson

“As The Waves Receded” photographs from the Tōhoku Tsunami.
A photographic art exhibition by Ian J Jackson in remembrance of the victims of the North-Eastern Japan catastrophe.
HIP Gallery 11/11/16 Princes Quay Hull.

On March 11 2011, 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, Ian has not shown publicly what he recorded – until this year.

‘As the waves receded: Images from the Tōhoku Tsunami opens on Friday 11th November at HIP Gallery in Ian’s home town of Hull. The exhibition runs to the end of this anniversary year of the disaster that hit the north-eastern prefectures of Japan five years ago.

“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”

“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.

Ian accepted the invitation from HIP Curator Alan Raw to show his 7 piece exhibition in the HIP Gallery in Ian’s home town of Hull. With the addition of many other photographs taken at the time being printed by HIP Sponsor G F Smith.

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See the original 7 & more at HIP Gallery from Friday evening:

6.30 to 8.30 opening event… then 12 till 5pm daily (12 till 4pm Sun)
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START DATE: Nov 11th
END DATE: Jan 8th

12:00 pm
5:00 pm

Born in Hull, England, in 1966, Ian J Jackson’s fascination with photography began when he picked up his first camera at the age of 12. Captivated as much by the ‘process’ of developing photographs, as taking pictures, his love of the dark room’ inspired him to pursue his passion for photography, first at the London College of Printing, then at St Martins School of Art.

In 1992, he set up his own ‘Cibachrome’ dark room in a studio in Shoreditch. Here he began to develop a unique extraverted photographic style – underpinned by his exceptional talent for transforming the everyday mundane into the unique combined with a skill for innovative image manipulation.

More recently, he’s turned his attention to ‘human condition’ photography, inspired by his travels abroad and his interest in photography as a visual metaphor of the complexities and contradictions of living in so called ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ economies.

Jackson visited Japan in 2011 with the intention of volunteering with the relief effort but due to the overwhelming response from the Japanese people he wasn’t needed.

Throughout, Shoreditch has remained Jackson’s artistic and professional andbase for over 25 years culminating in the founding of Mum and Dad Studios.

Ian accepted the invitation from Curator Alan Raw to show his 7 piece  exhibition in the HIP Gallery in Ian’s home town of Hull. With the addition of many other photographs taken at the time being printed by HIP Sponsor G F Smith.

Exhibition details

START DATE: Nov 11th
END DATE: Jan 8th

12:00 pm
5:00 pm

Location details