ADRIAN BODDY (photography) is a former director of the architecture program at the University of Technology Sydney. He is the principal of Adrian Boddy Photography and his work has appeared in many architecture and design publications here and overseas.

HAKO + SHOZO : Portraits in Boxes

The presentation of photographs can take many forms – from conventional timber frames to electronic projections. I have chosen to insert printed pictures into containers (HAKO), a little like carefully prepared Japanese food being placed in bento boxes. These boxes are recycled cedar blinds, with joints suggesting (rather than replicating) traditional Japanese carpentry.

Almost all the portraits (SHOZO) have been contextualized, that is, given a setting that relates to the person in question. For example I have merged a calligrapher in calligraphy, or layered the façade of a nearby Shibuya high-rise to convey something of its frantic pedestrian precinct.

This fusing of two or more images is not random – rather the intent is to clarify the individual(s) as they go about daily life in Japan. It is also hoped that this technical intervention is unobtrusive – after all, it is the expressions of the Japanese people that are of most interest.

HAKO + TATEMONO : Buildings in Boxes

My architectural photographs are essentially ‘straight’. The images suggest something of the long history of Japanese building (TATEMONO) excellence : of space, light, structure and details, elegant settings for urban and rural life.

Most people wonder
At some point in their lives
How well they know themselves.


Photographers seek a moment of recognition
A glimpse of truth in the lives of others.