Crate from far away


- Evoking Memories of 3.11


Artist's Bio:


Ross Togashi was born in the sugar plantation town of Kea‘au, Hawai‘i, and spent his early years wandering about Pearl City, O‘ahu. He has photographed since he was a youngster, documenting his family life and travels with a Kodak Instamatic.


More recently, Ross has enrolled in a number of photography workshops and classes that have broadened his view of photography. Through his course work at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Art Department, he discovered that photography can be an evocative and powerful means of expressing ideas. His artworks often reflect themes pertaining to the human condition, identity, history, and geography.


Artist's Statement:


Somewhere, very possibly in a library, I read about the French term flâneur. Around the same time I was also introduced to the Japanese word osanpo (お散歩). These terms relate closely to my current photographic efforts - that is, the exploration of my surroundings while out on short walks, and the subsequent discoveries I've made through the camera.


My instrument of choice is the pinhole camera. With the tiniest of aperture it records images with an infinite depth-of-field and wide-angle view, but requires extended exposure times to allow light to accumulate on the film. Its glass-less “lens” documents the scene in a gentle soft-focus.


Rather than capturing a single moment or a “snapshot”, as in some types of conventional photography, the pinhole camera uniquely records time and space across many seconds, and often reveals them in a dreamlike and ephemeral way.


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Ross Togashi

Pālolo, O‘ahu




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Togashi’s photography work is held in the collections of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the University of Hawai‘i Library, and in private collections across the globe.


Selected recent exhibitions:


4th Annual Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i 2012,

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, April 6-27. 2012


34th Annual "Commitment to Excellence" Art Exhibition,

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, August 14-23, 2012

Awarded 3rd Place in 2-Dimensional media


Rayko's 4th Biennial Juried Pinhole Photography Show,

San Francisco, California, April 28 - May 25, 2013


Time in a Can, International Solarigraphy Exhibition,

Madrid, Spain, June 25 - July 31, 2013


Instant Project,

Kakaʻako, Hawai‘i, July 20 - August 31, 2013



Honolulu, Hawai‘i, June 6 - July 25, 2014

Awarded Honorable Mention


Accession 2014,

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, April 2014 - February 2015


Pinholes at High-tide (Solo show),

Kakaʻako, Hawai‘i, November 2013 - February 2014


Obscura: 121 Views (book and exhibitions),

Berlin, Germany, January 31 - February 11, 2014

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, January 30 - February 27, 2015

Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona, Spain, June 2015



Hawai‘i Photography Exhibition - Isolation,

East Hawai‘i Cultural Center

Hilo, Hawai‘i, June 3 - 30, 2017



9th Annual Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i 2017,

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, August 3 - 26, 2017



Kitāb al-Manāẓir - Alfasl al'awa, Book of Optics, Chapter One -

An exhibition of pinhole photography in celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2018

Ootacamund (Ooty), India, April 29 - May 27, 2018


Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity,

Hawai‘i State Art Museum

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Sept. 4, 2015 - [to be determined]





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Fantastico pinolatore (fantastic photopinhole) Daniele

October 11, 2014

"los fotos de art y fotos are like minimalist documentaries in search of rust and decay in paradise i look forward to the next segment" (He's a great person in addition to a cameraman with above-average tastes.)

October 6, 2009