38ｘ53cm / 73ｘ90cm
For "Conversations," Asakai photographs scientific researchers who immerse themselves in their work, as well as their laboratory and experiment tools, along with monochrome prints of scenes reminiscent of fragments of their research. Asakai says "To me, 'science' is same as a foreign language since I'm living so far away from science. Visiting research laboratories each with different culture by its field and location feels similar to traveling in countries where I can't communicate wit my own language." Equally, the scientific researcher's pursuit of discoveries can be seen as a "journey". Pursuing researchers' sights heading ever forward, Asakai encounters new values and different views, which takes her to the journey to the unknown world. Conversation embodies her dialogue with researchers in this journey to the unknown, in to a series of photographs.
In this series, on the other hand, Asakai photographs subjects immersed into their outer works (their research), with Asakai not sharing the same standpoint, which makes this work as an account of her own journey.