​© Toshihiro Yashiro

すれちがい / Passing each other

少年時代に友達と川へ魚釣りによく行った。特に野鯉の吸い込み釣りが好きだった。仕掛け針に握拳の大きさにした練り餌の団子をつけて、リール竿で野鯉の潜んでいそうな辺りに放り込む。そして竿先に鈴を付け、アタリがくるまでひたすら待つ。野鯉釣りの面白さはこの待っている間のゆっくりと流れる時間にある。水面のきらめき、小鳥のさえずり、友達との他愛のない会話を思い出す。大人になってパリのセーヌ川の畔にしばらく暮らした。セーヌ川は目眩がするほど美しく、東洋から来た僕には別世界の劇場のように思えた。少年時代の釣り竿を4x5の大型カメラ付き三脚に持ち替えて、その劇場で人が行き交う姿、すれ違う瞬間をひたすら眺めていた。

 

When I was a boy, I often went to the river to fish with my friends.  Carp-fishing was my favorite.  I cast line with fist size boilie into the water where there might be a school of carp.Then I sat back and waited.  A small bell attached to the top of the rod would tell me if there was a tug. The best part of Carp-fishing was this waiting.  Time flowed slow and easy.  I enjoyed watching glittering water surface, listening to chirping birds and small chats with my friends. Later, after I grew up, I lived by the Seine river in Paris for a while.  The river was dazzlingly gorgeous and it looked like a theater from the another world to a young man from Asia. I held 4x5 camera and a tripod instead of the fishing rod of my boyhood and fervently watched the people going by and passing each other on the stage.