Born in 1978, Shiga, Japan; based in Tokyo
Nine years ago, Nakai's grandmother developed Alzheimer's disease. With the onset of the disease, the woman she knew slowly started to disintegrate. Her long-held memories failed her, her self-image was lost, the families image of her changed. Nakai was forced to face the fundamental questions of what it means to be a person, and practically as a photographer questions of what constitutes a portrait.
Exploring the nature of portraiture Nakai found that all things, including human beings, animals, plants, and objects once photographed can be considered a portrait. Capturing this individual essence is central to her work and it was formed through Nakai's observations over time with her grandmother.