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Rafa Raigón – Ikigai

Oct 13, 2018 - Anja Ligaya Weiss

Rafa Raigón’s series „Ikigai“ appeals to me a lot – to my heart, to my sense of humor and of course to my eyes.


Ikigai is a Japanese term for „a reason for being” and is also thought of as „a reason to get up in the morning”. According to Japanese culture everyone has an Ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self and discovering one’s Ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.


There’s so much easiness and wit and an awareness for the little things in these seemingly everyday life snap shots which I think is a wonderful way of dealing with one of the greatest questions of humanity.


Rafa describes his series as follows: „This project is an attempt to find out what the meaning in my life is. A search that unconsciously already begins in our childhood. But maybe I’m not searching for my own ikigay but I’m documenting how my children search for it. This project is a quest through photography and a personal desire.“


If you’d like to find out more about Rafa Raigón’s work, visit his website here.