In this series, Yasuomi Hashimura explores the concept of aging and disintegration. By leaving perishable fruits and vegetables, often whole plates of them, for 100 days at a time, he shows us the reality of time. There exists an aesthetic and textural allure in the images of molding fruit. These photographs address the humanity involved in aging, showing the viewer that there can be a grace and beauty to decay. Once more, Hashimura is focusing on time and the expansion of it. Drawing on the still life paintings of Paul Cezanne, each scene is a perfectly composed image. By studying these still lives, Hashimura became familiar with the most aesthetically pleasing angles. arranging the lights and objects to create such beautiful photographs such as “Sunday Afternoon”, the light casting its elegant shadows, transporting the viewer into the image and the moment.
In “Off Timing V, Part One” there is an abandoned breakfast plate including a variety of fruits, that has been left behind, rejected by an unknown face. Hashimura shows the viewer the beauty in decay, presenting the ideas of death and aging through perfectly composed still lives. Food ages at different speeds, not unlike humans. Some people will appear preserved for a long time, while others will grow older more quickly. “Lady in Florida” addresses this idea in a playful way, fruit standing in for an older woman, dressing herself up to appear younger. She is still striving to be beautiful even while facing imminent decay. Many of the titles add a playful, imaginative perspective to the image. “Forever With You” is not an image of lovers, but one of a pair of onions - beautiful in their erosion and bonding to each other. The photograph “Unrequited Love” is a humorous interpretation and title for a heart-shaped, shriveled apple. By titling these so specifically, Hashimura creates and depth and humanity with inanimate objects.