Beautiful in style and technique, Toru Nakanishi’s black and white photographs capture the eloquence of still life. The artist selects varied subjects for his work, from food to flowers to landscapes. Nakanishi controls complex lighting to enhance the texture of each object being photographed. Each photograph visually caresses the subject, capturing how light curves around every detail. In his newest series, Ration for the Generation, Nakanishi features various abstract images of ramen noodles, exploring ideas relating to Japanese pop culture, ethnicity, immigration, and “the cult of the noodle” in Japan.
“Conceptually, the instant ramen noodle has an important place in Japanese pop iconography, and its significance is growing in the US as well. Esthetically, I see the beauty of controlled chaos in these wads of noodles.”
Originally from Japan, Nakanishi came to the United States to study physics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He soon switched majors after discovering a passion for photography, and earned his BA. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe and Art New England. Nakanishi has exhibited at Mobius, Boston, MA, various galleries in Japan, and the 2004 deCordova Annual Exhibition.