When Araki was twenty he saw Ed van der Elsken’s 54 photobook Love on the Left Bank. Inspired he made images referencing the poses he found within it. His 2014 exhibition at Tokyo's Taka Ishii Gallery returns to the theme; steadily losing the sight in his right eye though undeterred in his shooting, Araki shot hundreds of images onto slide film then obscuring the right half of each image with a marker pen before printing them. The resulting images play with Araki's usual themes; death, love, life, sex.
Nobuyoshi Araki “Love on the Left Eye”. Published by Taka Ishii Gallery, 2014.