Dango is the JURORS’ PICKS winner at LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018
Three colored balls, connected together by a stick, become the best known Japanese dessert: DANGO.
“Hana yori Dango”. This is a Japanese saying, literally translated as, “Dango rather than flowers”.
The expression is used to describe people that attend hanami, the custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially during the season of Sakura, cherry blossoms. However, they often seem to be more interested in eating or drinking than appreciating the beauty of the flowers.
It means that the practical is preferred over the aesthetic.
Alex Liverani has created a striking series of triptychs, each filled with stolen moments captured around Japan.
This work is both whimsical and grounded in tone. With clever framing and masterful editing that never feels contrived, each triptych can stand on its own or live within a rich, evocative series.
Text by Oliviero Toscani