SINCE ARRIVING in Japan in 1979, I have visited a number of Pacific War battlefields, and have worked to convey the eerie, heavy melancholia that haunts them. I have also come upon some iconic -- sometimes untouched, sometimes preserved, sometimes reconstructed -- relics of that conflict in other, often unexpected, places. The photographs here portray a variety of both.
I have met and spoken with veterans of that war from both sides. Their input has in many cases given deeper meanings to the images I have made. Among those veterans was my own father, who was a Marine in the Second World War and participated in the battle for the island of Peleliu in the Palau Islands. Among the battlefield islands I have photographed are Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and of course the Palaus -- Peleliu in particular.
I shall be scanning and adding further images here, and I hope to continue my travels in the region so as to expand the scope of the image collection.
It is my hope that the images in this gallery may inspire a bit of curiosity about the savage war that swept across the Pacific and put the lie to the meaning of that ocean's name almost three-quarters of a century ago.