Interview with the American artist, Jason Lazarus
– Creator of the collaborative anonymous photography project, Too Hard To Keep.
What’s the background of this image?
Landmines comes from a series I completed between 2010-2011 titled Senbazuru.
In Japan there is a tradition known as “Senbazuru” (literally 1000 cranes) that states, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a single wish by the gods. The cranes are usually strung together, and hung on the outer walls of a temple, where they slowly decay as they are exposed to the elements. It is believed that the sacrificed cranes will then carry the wish up to heaven, for the gods to receive.
I am an impatient American, so I decided to burn mine.
Between the 2 images from your last series, did you really waited in the desert for the sunset to come and the colors to change?
Yes that was it. The second is an early night shot which is possible to do when its full moon. I do it often but usually choose one of the two, but this time i had the feeling they could look well together if hanged next to each other.
Can you tell us more about these 2 images and your series ‘Safe Haven’ ?
The first picture shows two Peshmerga soldiers on a hill station outside Sulaymaniyah, the second largest town in the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan. I spend the day with two kurdish friends on the top of the mountain. Driving back we took the wrong street and ended up in this military zone.