The first day of good weather by vittorio mortarotti
The night between the 8th and 9th of July 1999 my father and my brother died in a car accident. On the 11th of March 2011 a terrible earthquake and a consequent tsunami shook the districts of Miyagi and Iwate, in Japan, and caused the death of nearly 25000 people and the destruction of 475000 houses.
The starting point of this project is a pack of letters that I found at the end of 2012. These letters, which dates 1999, are the correspondence between my teen-aged brother and his Japanese girlfriend. Kaori, this is her name, kept on writing and sending photos and postcards for months after the accident. The search for Kaori has worked as pretext to look for stories of loss and reconstruction across Japan.
‘The first day of good weather’ is an exceptional book project.
Mortarotti possesses a visual acuity that he uses to great effect,
evoking a set of emotions in a sequence of images that deploys
the opacity of photography (the counterpoint of its claim to truth).
The book itself is very beautiful assembled.
The printing and layout are especially strong.