Daisuke Yokota

In trying to keep abreast of contemporary photographers, I have come across the work of Daisuke Yokota.

It is his experimental attitude to his work that impresses me, and it seems in recent years many other too as he has been the winner of the 2016 Foam Paul Huf Award and the PhotoLondon John Kobal Residency Award 2015.

The 2015 series, Colour Photographs are perhaps the images that I am drawn too the most. They are full of vibrant colours competing for attention in a haphazard manner, with a 3D feel that seems to pull you in deeper.

He has been quoted in a variety of articles that for this series he didn’t want to “take pictures” but aimed instead to use the physicality of large format colour film to which he applied a variety of processing techniques to form the results (see Figs 1 and 2 below).

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Fig. 1:  2015. Yokota at Harper’s Books, in conjunction with Flying Books, Tokyo, exhibition of Color Photographs in USA
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Fig. 2. 2015. Yokota. Color Photographs series

It is these processes and the camera-less nature of this work in particular that I am interested in.

There is something about them that takes me back to my childhood. I can remember (perhaps indistinctly) my parents buying t-shirts for myself and my brother while on a holiday that I’m sure the ink was swirled on a wheel before being applied – this may have been a dream but regardless, this is what makes me respond to this work, along with my personal fascination with experimental techniques.

He produced a book of this work. His publishers describe the images as “liquescent compositions that create forms reminiscent of fractal geometry and telescope images of the cosmos”, which is pretty much how I have been come to describe the images I create for Harena Now.

Seeing how Yokota works, and how this work in particular is described, I feel energised to delve deeper into the creation of my ‘sand lumens’, to experiment further and to discover more about using cathodoluminescence techniques to stretch how far this work can go.

Figures

Figure 1. Anon. 2015. Image of Yokoto in front of Color Photographs exhibition work. Available at: https://autre.love/journal/2015/9/22/daisuke-yokota-color-photographs-is-the-acclaimed-japanese-photographers-first-exhibition-in-the-us [accessed May 19, 2018].

Figure 2. Yokoto, Daisuke. 2015. Color Photographs. Available at: https://autre.love/journal/2015/9/22/daisuke-yokota-color-photographs-is-the-acclaimed-japanese-photographers-first-exhibition-in-the-us [accessed May 19, 2018].

References

Harper’s Books. Available at: https://www.harpersbooks.com/pages/books/20673/daisuke-yokota/daisuke-yokota-color-photographs [accessed May 19, 2018].

Yokota, David. 2015. Color Photographs. Autre. Available at: https://autre.love/journal/2015/9/22/daisuke-yokota-color-photographs-is-the-acclaimed-japanese-photographers-first-exhibition-in-the-us [accessed May 19, 2018].