Assembly.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The other day at Ikea - a place that, for some reason or another, always seems conducive to evaluating relationships - Lily and I came to a realization. "We've all been so busy lately," she said, of our group of friends. Things were quiet for a few seconds. Then, at the same time, we both said something along the lines of: "We've all been so happy lately." It dawned on us that in the past few months, we've had many ups and downs individually, but often, those ups and downs occurred between all of us at the same time.

Japanese shutterbug Osamu Yokonami's Assembly shows groups of girls in matching dress, frolicking in a variety of outdoor settings. I love the camaraderie it depicts, and the shared experiences of curiosity and awe and loneliness and exhilaration. It all looks, in a way, very familiar.


See more of Osamu Yokonami's photography, here. Thanks, Wolf Eyebrows.

10 comments:

auste said...

Ikea: "always conducive to evaluating relationships" YES!! Why is that????

This also makes me want to plan a girls weekend, or at least a picnic without husbands and boyfriends and babies.... Sometimes I really miss my friends.

Anonymous said...

these are lovely. thanks for sharing.

Shoko said...

Auste, I've witnessed countless fights between couples and friends at Ikea; I think it's to be avoided at all costs! :)

Kelly said...

I love this series. They'd make great prints for a living room wall!

tara said...

These pictures are so cool! And totally reminds me of Royal Tenenbaums for some reason-in a good way, of course!

Kathy said...

That is so true about Ikea! I really hate going there - mainly because it is so overwhelming! A friend once suggested to me before we went that at least there were Swedish meatballs at the end to make up for any future arguments we got into, but it didn't. We were both still mad!

There is something strangely haunting about this series. Like, the photographer was somehow able to capture isolation within a group of people. I especially like that photo where they're all lying in the field.


Shoko said...

Kathy, that is so beautifully put! You definitely get a sense of loneliness with these.

Anonymous said...

beautiful!

Shoko said...

Tara, yes! I totally agree!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing body of work!

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