Nana Watanabe, Sunflower #1, #2, #3, 1994, from the series Sunflower, toned silver print

Sunflower #1, #2, #3, 1994, from the series Sunflower, toned silver print

Nana Watanabe

The only absolute thing might be that time passes. All that occurs along the passage of time is uncertain, yet light beams and shines in spite of the uncertainty and elusiveness. Feeling that these moments will never occur again, makes me eager to experience them.

Moments before the sunset, the strong orange colored ray penetrated the air in my studio. I positioned a sunflower in the very center of that beam and watched the sun set on the flower. The flower looked like a primadonna on a stage. In a matter of a minute or two, the sun set behind the building leaving those images behind in my camera.

Another day, I left a dark pink peony in a clear vase on the floor near the window. The color started to fade into brownish yellow while the petals started to shed slowly. When the petals lost moisture, they gradually removed themselves from the core, making a faint dry sound as if the soul was removed from one’s body.

Different beauty at different stages takes my breath away equally. The unpredictable process of changing and evolving keeps me marveling and mesmerized.

Nana Watanabe, born in Tokyo, graduated from Keio University and studied with Lisette Model in the 1970s. Her images have been exhibited at the Soho Photo Gallery and the John Stevenson Gallery, both in NYC, at the Lallak+Tom Gallery in Chicago, and at Photographs Do Not Bend in Dallas. American Photographer Magazine voted Watanabe photographer of the year in 1989 and her fine art images have been published in Zoom, Photo Art, and Graphis. Along with her creative work, Nana does editorial and commercial photography for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Sunday Times Magazine.