Lieko Shiga

Japanese-born Lieko Shiga lives and works in the Netherlands now. Her stunningly eerie images from the series Lilly manages to create an unreal sensation of being in viewers. Drawing inspiration from paranormal photographs popular in the early days of photography, Lieko shot these images of residents staying in a block of council flats in East London, where she was pursuing her studies.

From her statement:

“This series shows everybody who lives in Tomlinson Close and it was shot in front of an outside wall in the estate which I covered completely with black cloth. Within the cmaera I melted my emotions together with these instants of these randomly-chosen people’s lives, these various personalities and characters and their gazes back at me. As the subjects were all people who lived in this building, I lost my control over them and so an unpredictable narrative, another “Tomlinson Close” came about of its own accord.”

© Lieko Shiga
© Lieko Shiga
© Lieko Shiga
© Lieko Shiga
[all images © Lieko Shiga]

That wraps up this week’s coverage on female Japanese photographers. I have not decided what to feature next week, perhaps some photojournalistic stuff, to get back in touch with reality.