Japanese photographer and father of three daughters, Shin Noguchi captures the daily life of his young family filled with unexpected moments in his series of colour photos. His series titled One Two Three, stars Noguchi’s three daughters, nine-year-old Yumeji, four-year-old Kotoyo, and two-year-old Hikono.
Each image highlights different moments in their lives. From unexpected naps while eating dinner to their everyday explorations and even special occasions to epic meltdowns.
Most of his photos are unplanned and captured in a split-second right in the moment. This only demonstrates Noguchi’s skills as a photographer to snap compelling scenes that would otherwise go unnoticed. His photos feature small moments of beauty, for instance the one moment Noguchi captured when a colourful bubble created a halo around his girls. However more often Noguchi captures the humour that small children bring in his photographs. In one picture, his toddler has fallen asleep behind a large uneaten cheese pizza while in another image he shows his daughter as she stares at the camera with a beard made of ice cream.
“I just click the shutter when the moment is right during the life of my family. I definitely hear a kind of music while clicking the shutter—the unposed, unstaged moments that exist. It’s like improvisations in Jazz. Like Eric Dolphy said, If I missed it, it’s gone in the air, I can never capture it again.”
“They show me such beautiful moments, I think it’s a gift, the gift of a beautiful moment they gave, these extreme gifts appear in front of me, I can’t help but catch them.”
Noguchi’s ongoing series to capture the rare and beautiful moments of his children was inspired after his father passed away in 2017. During that hard time he was busy packing up his dad's belongings when he came across never-before-seen photos of his own childhood which was taken by his mother. “If someone asks me, ‘Are these photos then art, or life?’ I want to say that ‘life is art’. I never called my photography ‘art,’ but definitely they show me what I feel art to be.”