"Like Robert Mapplethorpe once said about himself, I am obsessed with beauty and perfection, and like him, I am also never satisfied. I have a need to make art and impart something of myself to my work just like self-portraits. I work with film/digital cameras, lensless cameras, or no camera at all."
Eduardo Fujii is a fine art photographer living on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in California. At an early age, he demonstrated great interest in the arts. He started music lessons at the age of five followed by painting. It wasn’t until late 2006, however, that he turned to photography as a form of artistic expression. Classical music and painting have been part of most of his life and have certainly contributed to the development of a lyrical sensibility that underlies his photography today.
Eduardo has participated in gallery exhibitions at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Center for Photographic Art, the Cherry Center for the Arts, and Carmel Visual Arts in Carmel, California, the Museum of Monterey and Alvarado Gallery in Monterey, and has received various awards including Spotlight Awards from B&W Magazine and Color Magazine, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Professional Photographer Magazine, Monochrome Awards, and the International Color Awards. One of Eduardo’s images was selected for the cover of Shadow & Light Magazine. In 2017, Eduardo was awarded Photographer of the Year at the 12th Annual Black and White Spider Awards.
My new series of still lifes explores the classical beauty of black and white photography with a special focus on the sensual interrelationship of light, shadow, composition, and form. As an image maker, I continue the pursuit of beauty using photography as an art-making tool. Inspired by the stylized and elegant floral still lifes created by Robert Mapplethorpe during the 1980s, I create these images by blending uninvolving photos of flowers with exciting lighting effects and dramatic, shadowy backgrounds. While not so perceptible, my images also include some sort of hidden symbolism. Despite their clear-cut composition, images in this series are imbued with mystery and eroticism.
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