Three colored balls held together by a wooden skewer became the best known Japanese dumpling: DANGO.
“Hana yori Dango”
This is a Japanese saying, literally meaning: “dumplings rather than flowers”.
The expression refers to the people following the tradition of Hanami, the custom of enjoying the beauty of the flowers, especially during the Sakura season when cherry trees blossom. However, people seem to be more interested in eating Dango sweets than appreciating the beauty of the flower sight.
This expression unequivocally points out the practicality of Japanese people, who attribute a more important value to substance rather than aesthetics.
With his book “DANGO,” Alex creates a creative visual research about Japan with the aim of questioning such proverb through sequences in which the content and the aesthetic form bear equal importance.
A rhythmic succession of triptychs in which images with no apparent link with each other find a strong connection, as is the case of the three colored balls of the Dango dumplings.
The book, whose concept was conceived and studied by the author, is not only the container for the images themselves but is also and above all the aesthetic form thanks to which the content gets enhanced.
DANGO won the JURORS ‘PICK award at the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018.