In the Psychometry photographs, arrangements of old objects in dilapidated spaces serve as metaphors for human emotions and psychological states. The term “psychometry” refers to the pseudo-science of “object reading,” a purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through physical contact. The objects in these pictures seem haunted. They are designed to transcend their material nature and evoke the mysterious presence of past.
Artist Tanaka Tatsuya has been using everyday objects – fruit, vegetables, stationary, toilet paper – he finds around his house to pair with figurines, turning them all into creative, dramatic and sometimes humorous scenes. He’s been doing this every day of the year , for the past 4 years, prompting him to title his project “Miniature Calendar.”