Saturday, 5 April 2014

Owl: Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba

After Daido Moriyama's Tales of Tono it seems like the influence of stark black and white visuals from Japan are becoming more apparent in this project than ever before.When strolling around and taking pictures of the nearby marshy area around where I live, I'm always instantly reminded of Onibaba; Kaneto Shindo's horror classic from 1964. It's real primal stuff as far as horror filmmaking goes, and with the night shots in particular I love how space is essentially created only by the artificial illumination of tall grass. The rest is pure darkness. It creates this wonderfully endless and surreal space. Totally theatrical.

Oddly enough, Shindo directed a film called Owl in 2003 which I only found out about when creating this post!