2015/09/09

MISHIMA

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970). Japanese writer.
Long time ago I found on the web this beautiful picture of Mishima, then I tried to find again the link but it was worthless because it has disappeared. I wanted verify the name of the photographer. I can only assume is Tamotsu. Mishima has been photographed naked by several photographers. Hosoe, the most famous,  had a kind of photography more sophisticated and only partially in line with Mishima's writings: too many photo effects, too many lights and shadows, too many artistic influences and correspondences of different images, redundant, and ultimately too simplistic to place Mishima, almost by force, in a decadent climate belonging not to the writer. Besides, what field of cultural phenomena has not been investigated by Mishima? So there remains other than Tamotsu with his realistic and immediate pictures, with bodies that you can almost touch, less complex in formal side but more physical, and I think this perspective has mainly affected Mishima.
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Why must thought, like a plumb line, concern itself exclusively with vertical descent? Why was it not feasible for though to change direction and climb vertically up, ever up, towards the surface? Why should the area of the skin which guarantees a human being's existence in space, be most despised and left to the tender mercies of the senses? I could not understand the laws governing the motion of thought the way it was liable to get stuck in unseen chasms whenever it set out to go deep; or, whenever it aimed at the heights, to soar away into boundless and equally invisible heavens, leaving the corporeal form undeservedly neglected. If the law of though is that it should search out profundity, whether it extends upwards or downwards, then it seemed excessively illogical to me that men should not discover dephts of a kind in the "surface", that vital borderline that endorses our separateness and our form, dividing our exterior from our interior. Why should they not be attracted by the profundity of the surface itself?
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(extract from Sun and Steel)