LONGEVITY OKINAWA, JAPAN – CENTENARIANS SECRETS
In early 2017, José embarked on a trip to Okinawa for his latest photography project: Longevity Okinawa, Japan – Centenarians Secrets. His photography subjects were between the ages of 89 to 106. What sparked his interest in visiting Okinawa can be traced back to an article he has read 12 years ago on the health and longevity of the inhabitants of Okinawa. Since that day, the idea of longevity, no matter how impossible it may seem, has always intrigued José.
José Jeuland is a photographer specialising in documentary and story-telling. In his work, he always tries to evoke a sense of emotional connection from within the viewers and draws them into the world of the subject.
In Longevity Okinawa, a series of portrait and pictures of hands that tell the tales of time are presented in monochrome. This documentary project differs from his usual style of capturing his subjects in action – each portrait is carefully directed by José to tell a different story.
Why the Project LONGEVITY OKINAWA, JAPAN
In the last 50 years, there has been a massive shift towards healthy-living, nutrition, physical activities for most of the developed countries. This is evident in countries or cities facing issues as obesity, consistent high levels of stress within the workforce, sickness, way of eating and living.
We are all concern about our health and quality of living.
With all that is going on in society and the need to constantly be productive in the workforce. How can one lead a happy life and be successful at the same time? This juxtaposition is achieved through José visit to Okinawa, the beautiful Japanese Island known by many to possess the magical power of bestowing longevity to its inhabitants.
Longevity Okinawa aims to shed some light on this mysterious power of Okinawa, each portrait telling a story of its own. Hidden in the ne wrinkle lines of each portrait are the personalities of the photography subjects and their attitudes towards life. Apart from the still images, a reel will also be playing at the exhibition, detailing the life and landscape in Okinawa and the interviews conducted with the photography subjects.
Longevity is all about living and eating natural.
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