Photographer D. J. Hinman has created another series of black-and-white photographs that burrows deeply into the subconscious, into places rarely visited during waking hours, rather like his earlier series, A Hole in the Universe (Monovisions, Jan 27, 2023). This new series probes invisible memories, which when captured on film can evoke a reality that maybe never existed.
These primarily are dark, disturbing, sometimes intimidating photographs. The location is the same throughout the series although the series spans a period of 10 years. As a photographer, he felt compelled to return to the site again and again. His goal was vague initially but eventually came into focus. The scenes are, at the same time, alien and familiar – like forgotten memories.
D. J. Hinman’s goal in this series of photographs is to probe deeper into the subconscious, to examine the origins of patterns that persist thereinafter.
D. J. Hinman is an avid film photographer with 28 years of experience behind the camera, first in New York and later in Japan and countries in East and Southeast Asia. He shoots only in black-and-white film, develops the negatives himself and prints them by hand on silver gelatin paper in the darkroom. He has held 13 solo exhibits in Tokyo and one two-person exhibit in Nepal. He has published two books of photographs, “Talad in Southeast Asia” in 2021 and “Nepal Is Calling” in 2022. D. J. Hinman has lived in Tokyo for 20 years.