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    Kyoto Hamada: I used to be you

Photographer Kyoto Hamada creates an alter ego for ongoing project

Posted by Holly Wilkins,

Everyone is terrified of getting old, from that first grey hair we deny even existed to shedding a tear at your first wrinkle. It may flabbergast you, but Kyoto Hamada has donned a grey wig, latex makeup and floral patterns to become an old lady in a project called I used to be you. She goes by the name of Kikuchiyo-san, and accompanied by a series of photographs, she goes about her life sewing buttons, going to museums and doing her laundry.

I feel quite humbled by Kyoto’s project, as recent events have led her to look at her life from a different perspective, and in this case, through a fictional character. By taking herself out of her comfort zone as an artist, it has become a reminder that “time and life are always moving.”

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Posted by Holly Wilkins

Holly worked with us as an editorial intern after studying at Leeds University and working in the PR industry in Los Angeles for a short period. She wrote for the site between March and May 2013.