Mankichi Shinshi is self-taught and started photography in 2013. His project Predetermined Journey is an exploration of his travels throughout South Asia between 2017 and 2018.
Perhaps, the traveller is not me but the sceneries. Like a honeybee is used as a means of pollination of plants without knowing, I was used as a scenery carrier. Sceneries will be duplicated and diffused as photograph, inviting people to travel, and gradually evolve like living things in the course of repetition. And the more I became conscious of such a thing, the more ambiguous the boundary between “taking photos with my will” and “taking photos by pressure from something.” Then the relation between the sceneries and myself have become awkward. The photos that I have definitely taken one by one, seem like a record of someone else’s journey.
To view more of Mankichi Shinshi’s work please visit his website.