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
Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology at University, he began his career in 2006.
He participated at the World Press Photo Joop swart masterclass in Amsterdam in 2012. In early 2013, Kimura was awarded the 2nd prize at the Vattenfall Photo Award in Berlin. In 2014 he won the 3rd prize of Kassel photobook dummy award in Germany, and the book “Scrapbook” was published in 2015. He published 2 handmade artist books “In search of lost memories” and “Snowflakes Dog Man”. His works have been widely featured in a number of magazines including TIME, The New York Times, Le Monde magazine and Newsweek Japan.
Since 2016, he has been based in Germany for his long-term project. His work centers around the examination of his own thoughts and emotions in relationship to the people and landscapes in his photography.