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12-20-07
e p i s o d e # 4



editing: Matthew Nothelfer
photography: Alicia Wszelaki

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Studio Red Dot travels to many places in the world for our clients. This podcast is a simple opportunity for us to share with you some of the footage, images and thoughts we collect along the way.

Textures, patterns and colors seem like they are haphazardly thrown together. Combinations that at first seem unfathomable come alive with grace and fluidity. Would you ever put indigo blue and pink orchids together with florescent orange and green embroidery? I couldn't, wouldn't even know how to, but witnessing a Kimono ensemble come alive is a thing of beauty, wonder, magic and most of all Japanese tradition.

A month and a half after arriving in Japan, I shot my first images of a kimono. I remember the mid-December night that I watched my friend Noriko tie an obi, the heavy broad sash that becomes the Kimonos belt, with precision and grace. At that moment I said to myself, "before I leave Kure, Im going to do a Kimono series". Almost a year to the date of that thought, the series is complete.

This special photographic podcast is 1 in a series of 4 photo essays about Japanese culture. After living in Japan for over a year I wanted to share some of the things that amazed me, made me wonder or simply entertained my visual senses. I hope you enjoy this first episode on Kimonos and see how wonderfully beautiful the women in the textured patterns are.

--Alicia