3" Celabration

Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki disdained the “violent” artificial light wrought by modern civilization. Domesticating fire sure marks humankind’s ascendancy over other species. For the last several million years since, we’ve illuminated the night with flames.
I decided to record “the life of a candle.” Late one midsummer night, I threw open the windows,and invited in the night breeze. Lighting a candle, I also stopped open my camera lens. After several hours of wavering in the breeze, the candle burned out. Savoring the dark, I slowly closed the shutter. The candle’s life varied on any given night short intensely burning nights, long constantly glowing nights each different, yet equally lovely in its afterglow.

- Hiroshi Sugimoto