Kazha Imura Pools of Sorrow

“Pools of Sorrow” 2013 gelatin silver print, pencil on paper

Kazha Imura Nothings Gonna Change

Kazha Imura “Nothing’s Gonna Change My World” 2013 pin scratch on gelatin silver print, pencil on paper

Kazha Imura Waves of Joy

“Waves of Joy” 2013 gelatin silver print, pencil on paper

Kazha Imura Grapefruit Moon

Kazha Imura “Grapefruit Moon” 2013 pin scratch on gelatin silver print, pencil on paper

Kazha Imura Tide At Dawn

“Tide (At Dawn)” 2013, photograph with pin scratchings

Tokyo based illustrator, Kazha Imura, places her naked body at the center of each delicate piece for this series titled, “Phrases”. They are dreamlike self portraits that you might not notice are half photograph, half illustration. Each piece exuding a tranquility and despair in stark black and white contrast.

Kazha’s technique if fascinating. She draws on each photograph of herself by scratching at the surface with a safety pin. The lines in the photography continue with the pencil lines that go on to connect to an anatomical illustration. I can’t help but keep looking at them over and over again.

View more of her beautifully tranquil work at kazhaimura.com and at Behance.