Over the span of five years, photographer Sean Lotman traveled all over Japan’s many islands documenting the Far East archipelago not as it is at this present moment, but as a temporal reality fused with ethereal phenomena. His resulting photo book, Sunlanders, is thus not a historical document, but a surreal conception of society. It’s a way of mystifying banal stereotypes, slipping away into a parallel universe of vivid colors, standstill environments, and dreamy manifestations. Through a process of defamiliarization, Lotman highlights Japanese alienation and self-concealment in radical form. At the same time, he exposes a certain spiritual resiliency imbuing...
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