The character reads “journey” but has other meanings too: teaching, morality, motive, process, direction, route, way forward, advancement. Everyone’s life is a journey, but this journey’s one way, with no turning back, no starting afresh, no reversal of events allowed. Journeys are typically accompanied by diversions, dead ends, potholes, blockages, passes and slopes, not to mention stops. My two destinations on this trip were Okayama and Shōdoshima. I have to call them stops. Those stops saw retrospection, synthesis, and farewells. Farewell to a friend, György Erdős, from whom I learnt the language and a love of Japan. Farewell to the master, Mihály Gera, from whose personal example I learnt and by whose many years’ concern for my photography and advice on it I was honoured. He inspired the books I published, from first inkling to completion; he selected from my pictures and edited my albums. So I stopped, tried to organize my lines, and carried on with my journey. That is what my pictures are about.
Mai Mano House
1065 Budapest-Terézváros, Nagymező utca 20. Hungary
September 07, 2017 to October 08, 2017