Escapism: Japanese Pop Culture and Photography
Context. Why does escapism hold such a big role in Japanese Pop Culture?
– Recent natural disasters
– Development of technology is overpowering, need to escape reality
– Pressure by society and overwhelming expectations of families
How does J-Culture relate to escapism?
-Otaku – acceptable for fully grown men to be obsessed with cartoons. All considered “Geeks” because they work within technology.
-Anime & Manga – acceptable for all ages
-Kawaii – love of all things cute, just as acceptable for the mothers as it is for the children to be obsessed with pink and hello kitty.
Relation to photography?
-Photos are a form of escapism, many people use them to reflect on culture, or create a completely new reality.
-Japanese culture is slowing creeping into western civilisation and is strongly influencing photographers techniques and work. HK, anime, my little pony etc…