Photography — 7th Sep 2015

Kris Moore

Japanese culture through the eyes and lens of the 20yr old Sheffield Hallam photography student

Having just finished his first year of BA Hons Photography at Sheffield Hallam University, it’s not all together surprising that Kris Moore is still working towards a definitive style. The way he talks about the process, along with the work he’s already producing however, bode very well indeed.

He’s both excited and wary of the amount of exciting photography out there, describing it as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the opportunity to gain insights into how others work, investigating their process and ideation is of great worth to him. The concern is in finding a style that’s genuinely unique. While the latter is a huge challenge in a discipline as popular and established as photography, Kris’ stance certainly seems to be paying dividends in the standards he sets himself.

“I think my work is starting to become a little less erratic”, he tells us. “I don’t want to nail myself down to something too specific too early, but I definitely feel I have a clear sight as to where I’m going visually speaking”. Evidence of that is already emerging, and his series Being Japan demonstrates his ability to gauge, understand and react to his subject

As is the case for the majority of Westerners who visit Japan for the first time, the stark cultural differences result in an impression of the exotic rarely experienced in our otherwise homogenised customs and practices. Kris was long intrigued by the country for a long time before visiting and upon arriving elected to capture the moments and scenes that he felt he was experiencing for the first time.

The images emerging from this process are both beautifully composed and subtly fascinating. To those who don’t know the land, it’s a pure and inquisitive series, while to those who do, it’s a charming look at the quiet, everyday occurrences that make home, well, home. Describing Japan as, “a country rooted in old traditions yet in comfortable harmony with how much of a developed country it is”, Kris presents a considered, natural insight. “I feel that’s really the heart of Being Japan, and why a lot of the images appear equally as normal and mundane as they are distant”.

Call it street photography or travel photography, these are strains of the discipline awash with a lot of average work. For us, Kris has produced something different and a great deal more meaningful with Being Japan. It’s the kind of honest reflection of a place that our friends Boat and Another Escape pride themselves on compiling. It would be great to see Kris grace the pages of either or both in the future, whether that’s the style he chooses to focus on or not.

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Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan

Kris Moore at Intern Magazine

Being Japan