Japanese Heart by Rebecca Manson

The steady, dignified, almost quiet, progress and recovery of a region after the violence and destruction of one day in March 2011:

Originally having planned to volunteer in Japan for just 3 weeks following the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11 2011, the place, the people and the shear depth and scale of the destruction kept me there for 6 months.

The honor of living and working amongst the Japanese people during such a profound time, led me to a deeper understanding of their quiet and dignified recovery, a recovery that still continues.

These photos are a reflection of that time, understanding and recovery.

Shot in the towns of Ofuntao and Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, between the months of May and November 2011. Using a medium format Mamiya7, to attempt to capture and portray the heartbreaking scale of what we saw day after day and on Kodak 160NC film to show the soft light and almost tranquil calm that followed in the months after the “storm”.

All shots taken between May and November 2011, with a Mamiya7 on Kodak Portra 160 NC.