"Sean Lotman’s photographs of Japan immerse us in his imagination and interpretation of reality in a land he has come to call home. His photographs encapsulate his existence in Japan, as a person who is intrinsically bound to his surroundings, yet still exists as a foreigner. His photographs are at times psychedelic, transposing what he sees to photographs as a maelstrom of mystery and wonder.
'Sunlanders' is not a static document of Japan. Nor is it a journal or contest of image making. Rather, it is an exploration of existence, a dive into a world unknown in suspended reality, imbued in colour and fascination.
Lotman is a master printer. Each image in the book has been reproduced from carefully hand printed C-Type prints in the darkroom. Following the process of making photographs from the moment of capture to the final print has allowed Lotman to instill his own subjective reality in to physical images." (publisher's note)
“[Lotman’s] photographs made me think of a dancer’s world, where life and death co-exist on a coin dropping, heads or tails, as it gravitates toward its destiny. His photograph reflect that mysterious moment when life becomes death, and death becomes life”. (Yamaguchi Nahoko)
"The overall impression is one of a playfully articulated reality; Lotman takes the world around him as a rough draft, pushing and pulling the parts out of it that he finds the most pleasing." (Katherine Oktober Matthews, in: www.gupmagazine.com)
"As these photographs draw us into Sean Lotman’s strange, ghostly world, it dawns upon the unsuspecting viewer that this is not Japan as we know it." (Elizabeth Sulis Gear, in: www.featureshoot.com)
"The book arrived and it turned out to be even more stunningly beautiful than I'd imagined" (Ansgar Reul)
"The everyday is depicted in a vibrant and dreamlike way and delivered with a quiet confidence...Sunlanders invites the reader to imagine their own narrative as search for clues as to the meaning of each image." (Owen Pritchard, in: It's Nice That / www.itsnicethat.com)
"A book of a craftsman image for lovers of analogue photography (still) produced in dedicated and handmade today. Indispensable!" "Um livro de um artesão da imagem para os amantes da fotografia analógica (ainda) produzida de forma dedicada e artesanal nos dias de hoje. Indispensável!" (Rogéro Akiti Dezem, in: www.fotografia-dg.com)
"The photography of Sean Lotman draws the viewer into its peculiar strangeness. Going through his prints one by one, one may catch a glimpse of something coming in and out of the corner of the eye. A phantom rises and fades like smoke. While his images are self-contained, they seem to be connected in a strain of images creating a world of its own." (Ravelin Magazine / www.ravelinmagazine.com)
Interview on FishEye Magazine (francais): www.fisheyemagazine.fr
About the photographer:
A native of Los Angeles, Sean Lotman lives in Kyoto, Japan.
Der amerikansiche Fotograf Sean Lotman schafft mit seinen Farbfotografien eine einzigartige Athmosphäre. Die in Japan aufgenommenen Bilder haben eine besondere Farbigkeit und das in England editierte und in Italien bei Longo gedruckte Buch ist toll produziert und macht richtig Freude