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Expressionist of Reality, Yoi Kawakubo

by Hiroki Yanagisawa on October 5, 2011 11:30 PM

Purification of the world through lens of camera.


Ever questioned what you are seeing right in front is not reality, or what you are assuming as a common sense is not regarded as it is ---- all is regarded as a representation of contradiction? (The idea, similar to the one proposed on a movie, The Matrix.) In some way, an artistic work, sometimes referred as an expression of imaginative and extrapolation of our daily life, provides this new insight, or an alternative view of the world.

Yoi Kawakubo, a philosophy/psychology-backed photographer, creates a photographic world that allows people to witness the core of, somewhat purified, world of ours.

How so? First, take a look at his blog. Yoi sometimes raises questions like,

"Why restaurant chains, Denny's and Wendy's are pronounced as it is (dennys and wendys), but Jonathan's is pronounced as Jonathan in Japanese?"

"When you cook a slice of beacon for a while, it will eventually cooks itself by its own fat. I think this is ironic."

If you don't pay attention or even realize these negligible deeds -- well, the life goes on and it won't affect your life substantially. But once you begin to notice these glitches, you may also wonder the validity of what you are seeing and capturing with your eyes -- are they really representing the real aspect of the world? Or not?

Yoi's photographic works somewhat provide an alternative perspective to our daily life, allowing people to perceive the world with a different manner. Once you are exposed to such world, you may begin to wonder that the world you are witnessing with your eyes is merely one of many perspectives.

Take a look at two work series, Between Heaven and Hell, and Waterfront. Between Heaven and Hell was captured at Mt. Fuji and Osorezan (located in Aomori, known as a holy mountain). Waterfront was captured in New York City. Though two series were captured at two distinctively different locations, these two possess similar impressions -- providing Yoi-led alternative perspective.


From Heaven and Hell
From Heaven and Hell


From Heaven and Hell
From Heaven and Hell


From Heaven and Hell
From Heaven and Hell


Waterfront
Waterfront


Waterfront
Waterfront


Waterfront
Waterfront


Both images are eliminating so-called "noise" of the world -- purifying the objects that are captured within the frame.

When questioned his philosophy behind his photographic works, "I personally like meta-structure. I studied philosophy back in university and the reason for liking this subject is that it's a 'study of study'. My the other interest, brain science, is also about 'study of brain by using brain'. To me, photography lies on these analogy. I considering photography as a way of living. and I continue to live, because there exists a way of living -- photography.

Yoi said.

When asked about his future works, Yoi said, "Ive' been capturing images that eliminates the existence of human being. But now I feel like capturing a humane being now. Though its release to the public won't be any soon, I do have some ideas."

Fingers crossed for Yoi's human approach, which surely be as amusing as the current ones.

Yoi Kawakubo Official Website: http://www.yoikawakubo.com/

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