PhotographerTaro Karibe/ Getty Images
PrizeBronze in Portraiture / Other_P
Entry Description

Senji Nakajima, 61 years old, has lived with 'Saori' for six years in his apartment in Tokyo, Japan. They hang out, go shopping, sleep in the same bed. The only one thing different from any other couple is the fact that Saori is actually a life-size 'love doll'. Nakajima, married with two children, who lives away from home for work, first started his life with Saori six years ago. At first, he used to imagine that the doll was his first girl friend, and used it only for sexual purposes to fill the loneliness, but months later, he started to believe that Saori actually has an original personality. 'She never betrays me, and isn’t only after money. I'm tired of modern rational humans. They are heartless,' Nakajima says, 'for me, she is more than a, not just silicon rubber.'

About Photographer

Taro Karibe (b.1988) is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. After he received a Bachelor of Psychology at Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan) in 2012, he started working for a commercial bank as a corporate sales manager and system developer. In 2015, he started a career as a freelance Photographer in Tokyo, Japan. His main concern is to document social issues from psychological perspective, and extract social system structure/modern human identity, by using camera as a tool. His works have been published internationally in publication such as The New York Times, International New York Times,British Journal of Photography,The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, The guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, New York Post and so on.