わたし かかし をかし

– The Beautiful World of Me and Scarecrows –

わたしとかかしの世界へようこそ
Welcome to the world of me and Scarecrows.

私とかかしが出会ったのは写真を始めて間もない頃。
母が亡くなり、住む家を失って、毎日が嫌になり生まれ育った街を飛び出したけれど、何をする訳でもなく何が出来る訳でもなく、将来に不安を感じながら悶々と日々を過ごしていた。

そんなとき、私は村人よりもかかしの方が多いへんてこな山奥の村に迷い込んだ。
かかしたちは美しい山と澄んだ小川、広がる畑や古民家といった日本の原風景に溶け込むように点在していた。
よく見るとオズの魔法使いに出てくるかかしのように二本足で立っている。背丈も仕草も人間さながらで、表情も豊かだった。
私にはそこかしこからかかしたちの話し声が聞こえてきて、物語の中に入り込んだように楽しくなった。
沈んでいた心が弾み、気がつけば夢中になってみんなと一緒に写真を撮っていた。

なぜ、かかかしなの?とよく聞かれる。
残念ながらそこに理論的な理由はなく、言葉に表すのが難しい。私にとってかかしといることは、まるで親友と他愛もない会話を楽しむように自然体でいられて心地が良いことなのだ。
世知辛い人間界からちょっと離れて、かかし界にログインする。私とかかしを写真に収めることで自分の存在を確かめることができ、少しの自信を持つことができた。

これからもややこしい自分と向き合いながら、私という人間を楽しんでいきたいと思う。
たとえ一時でも、難しい事は考えずにケセラセラと私とかかしの”いとをかし”な世界を楽しんで頂けたら嬉しい。

 

I encountered scarecrows for the first time soon after I started photography, when my mother passed away and I lost my home. I got fed up with my everyday life and left my hometown, where I was born and grew up. But I didn’t or couldn’t do anything, so I spent everyday agonizing about my future.

One day I got lost in a strange village deep in the mountains, where I found more scarecrows than villagers.
The scarecrows were spread around in the village as if they were mingling in this scenery, such as beautiful mountains, clear creeks, paddles, and old houses.
Upon taking a closer look, I also found a scarecrow standing in its two legs, just like the one we see in The Wizard of Oz. Its hight and gestures looked the same as human beings, and it also had an expressive face.
Gradually I heard scarecrows chatting from everywhere, and it became much more fun; I was as if I was into this story of scarecrows.
My depressed heart was leaping for joy, and I found myself engaging in taking photos altogether.

Many people often ask me, “Why scarecrows?”
Sadly I don’t have any logical answers for this question; It’s hard to express this feeling in words. Personally spending time with scarecrows is a pleasant moment which makes me be who I am naturally; It’s like I’m talking about silly stuff to my best friends.
I temporarily stayed away from the cold world of humans and logged into the world of scarecrows; Taking photos of me and scarecrows, I could confirm my presence in the world, which gave me a little confident about myself.

I’ll keep on enjoying myself, facing to such complicating personality and emotions.
Hopefully you’ll also enjoy the world of me and scarecrows at least for a short period of time without thinking too deeply, just like we say, “Que Sera, Sera.”