A FASCINATION with indigenous people has brought photographer Maiko Yoshimoto here from Tokyo.
“I’m not sure if they are connecting with God, or what it is, but the special moment appears more there than in daily life. The beauty of these people is different, almost holy and more beautiful.”
“It’s a good connection for me to be here, learning from my professor’s professor,” she says.
Maiko says she plans to do some work with the Rotary Club while she’s here, and that she’s excited to take advantage of all the opportunities she will experience in Australia – including potentially doing an internship at an art gallery over the summer, and eventually exhibiting her work.
“I’d like to perhaps collaborate with an artist for a show,” she says. “I’ve done something similar with the Ainu, an indigenous tribe in Japan.
“I took photographs while they worked and exhibited them alongside their embroidery.”
Maiko says she has also lived with the Mangyan people in the Philippines, as part of her undergraduate studies in cultural anthropology at Hiroshima University.
“The tribe lived in a very natural way, with no electricity, no gas, no water.
“It was an amazing experience for me.”
Maiko says that being in Australia and learning more about Aboriginal people is her dream come true.
“One year here is too short!” she says. “I think I’ll stay on, perhaps do my PhD here.”