A few years ago, I purchased the book Alive by Seiichi Furuya, a gorgeous hardback exhibition catalogue from 2004. It shows a series of images, arranged chronologically, from his life and wanderings through Japan and Austria, as well as the birth of his son with his wife, Christine Gossler.
I was taken by his composition and subject matter, and his seeming compulsion to document his life through photography. An early picture of his wife shows her smiling, with a Leica M2 and light meter around her neck. Many of his images appear to be Kodachrome, if I am correct in assessing the colour.
Seiichi shot the mundane and the artistic, ranging from a dead rabbit in a field to soft light dappling the face of his wife and son.
Unfortunately, she suffered schizophrenia and eventually took her life in 1985. It is rumoured that when he saw her body lying on the ground outside their apartment building, he grabbed his camera to take final images.
Seiichi's books and exhibitions often recount the life he shared with Christine, almost as if to maintain her memory through allowing others to see it. There is a pathos to his work, a sense of wanting to grab and hold the present so it does not disappear in the future. I see, or perhaps project, some of his motivations for photography as being similar to my own.
Seiichi is still an active photographer, and maintains a blog!