Ryuichi Ishikawa – Adrenamix

Ryuichi Ishikawa – Adrenamix

(Aji wrote this review in Bahasa Indonesia and, by his permission, I freely translate it for the English version.  I also edit a small promotional part for my store because I feel it is more appropriate to put it here instead of the main review. Here’s the promotional part unedited:

“Sabtu pagi ini saya meniatkan diri untuk menuntaskan hutang review buku foto yang saya janjikan pada teman saya adit, pemilik toko buku foto “Unobtainium” yang dengan baik hati membuka kesempatan untuk mahasiswa akhir zaman dan pembeli lain di tokonya untuk membeli buku dengan sistem kredit, thanks dit!.”)

I wrote this short review to share my experience reading Adrenamix by Ryuichi Ishikawa from Japan. I was pulled to this book because I lately also took more photos during the evening, particularly I was looking for a boost of energy that I could channel to work on my own projects.

This book is small in size, 182 x 128 mm in soft cover format, the paper from the inside is thin probably a 150 gr gramature. The form made the book felt light and muffle the tiredness of reading through all 120 pages from the book.

The book told a story of Ishikawa experience, his daily life with friends in his past. For me, the most powerful notion from this book is Ishikawa’s share his life experience and in effect changes or add a new perspective in me looking through life. This book is rather surprising for me because Ishikawa life seems so hard to take, loneliness from the night mixed with the wild free life of youth. In a way, Adrenamix add into my perspective and knowledge about night life in Japan, especially on “Bosozoku” (motorcycle gangs in Japan) and how people interact inside of it.

Visually the book is not a “feel good” photobook from its surface and/ or content. “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work) is the keywords to describe its visuals. Nevertheless, photography for me its not about creating beautiful photo but also has to channel and share personal emotion from the photographer. Adrenamix also aroused uncomfortable emotion and feelings such as disgust and nausea, but the book also has the power to fascinate me about Ishikawa’s life experience. “Actually there is someone who has led life as chaotic as that…” its my thought when I first read the book.

For me, Ishikawa gave meaning on the nights he experienced as an adrenalistic trips inside of him, full of endless possibilities. Adneramix is the diaristic records of those trips, where Ishikawa is being obsessed to experienced wild – unimaginable things for me – but still have meanings in it. Priceless experience. Adrenamix is a book that only offer two choices in seeing it, either you love it or hate it. So which one do you choose? Try with your own risk!

“Could it be called a night if with no end?
Is a door that never opens still a door?
The darkness lightened, and yet the darkness it is”
– Ryuichi Ishikawa – Adrenamix

 


 

Melalui tulisan pendek ini, saya akan berbagi pengalaman membaca buku foto yang terakhir saya beli darinya “Adrenamix” karya Ryuichi Ishikawa (Jepang). Saya tertarik membeli buku ini karena saya sendiri akhir-akhir ini lebih sering memotret di malam hari, buku ini mungkin mampu menyumbang energi yang nantinya bisa saya gunakan dalam mengerjakan project saya. Buku foto ini berukuran 182 x 128 mm dalam format soft cover, kertas yang digunakan dalam isi bukunya cukup tipis kurang lebih mungkin gramature 150gr, bentuk ini membawa kesan ringan dan mampu meredam kelelahan dari perjalanan membaca 120 halaman dari buku ini.

Buku ini sendiri bercerita tentang pengalaman hidup si fotografernya Ishikawa, kehidupan pribadi bersama teman-teman di masa lalunya menjadi cerita yang ia bagi dalam buku ini. Kekuatan fotografi yang paling ajaib bagi saya adalah ketika ia mampu berbagi pengalaman hidup dan mengubah atau menambah cara pandang saya terhadap sesuatu dalam kehidupan. Buku foto ini cukup ajaib karena pengalaman yang Ishikawa bagi sangat berat untuk saya terima, kesepian yang mencekam dari malam berpadu dengan kehidupan bebas yang liar penuh kenakalan masa muda. Buku ini juga menambah cara pandang saya terhadap kehidupan malam di jepang, khususnya mengenai “Bosozoku” (geng motor ala jepang) dan interaksi orang-orang di dalamnya.

Secara visual buku ini mungkin tidaklah menyenangkan baik dari permukaan ataupun konten-nya. “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work) adalah kata kunci yang mampu menggambarkan visual yang ditawarkan dalam buku ini. Walaupun begitu, fotografi bagi saya bukanlah masalah menciptakan foto yang “indah” tetapi mengungkapkan emosi personal dari fotografernya, rasa yang tersalurkan. Buku ini walapun menggugah emosi dan rasa-rasa yang tidak menyenangkan, jijik serta sedikit mual, namun buku ini juga menggugah perasaan kagum saya terhadap pengalaman hidup si fotografernya, “Ada ya orang yang hidupnya sehancur dia..” pikir saya ketika pertama kali membaca buku ini.

Bagi saya Ishikawa memaknai malam-malam yang ia alami sebagai perjalanan pemicu adrenalin dalam dirinya, penuh kemungkinan tanpa akhir. Adrenamix adalah sebuah rekaman diaristik perjalan itu, dimana Ishikawa terobsesi dengan pengalaman merasakan hal-hal gila -yang tak tebayangkan bagi saya-, sekaligus bermakna. Pengalaman hidup yang tak ternilai harganya. Adrenamix adalah buku yang hanya menawarkan dua pilihan dalam menilainya, either you love it or hate it. So which one do you choose? Try with your own risk!

“Could it be called a night if with no end?
Is a door that never opens still a door?
The darkness lightened, and yet the darkness it is”
– Ryuichi Ishikawa – Adrenamix


Aji Susanto Anom (b.1989) is a photographer based in Solo, Indonesia. He is now still studying in Indonesian Art Institutes of Yogyakarta (ISI Yogyakarta). His work is basically explores all his personal question about the darkness of his deeper life. He has published three photobooks independently called “Nothing Personal”, “Poison” and “Recollecting Dreams”. In 2015, he was selected as one of the participant of “Angkor Photography Workshop” under the mentor: Antoine D’Agata and Sohrab Hura. His works can be discovered through his featured publication on BURN Magazine, Lens Culture, The Invisible Photographer Asia, Top Photography Films, Monovisions, Dodho Magazines, Sidewalkers.Asia and more.

 

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