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Where are we going? Yota Yoshida and the circular path of life

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Yota Yoshida (1981) is a street photographer who lives in Tokyo, having grown up in a small town in north Kumamoto Japan.

He has not any educational background about the photography but inspired by everything such as relate to him until today. His works are deal with many things in the public space.

Among them, Yota has particularly interested in the invisible things like various emotion and poetical impression from atmosphere that around us in the everyday of ordinarily. However, his photos are not exceptional one that he think many people could have taken similar pictures if they were only in the same place.

He believe this to be true because the act of taking un-posed photographs is not an act of production, but rather of feeling and capturing what is already being expressed in the surroundings.

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About ‘From Somewhere To Elsewhere’:

As the title indicates, this story takes the simple format of coming from somewhere and heading away elsewhere. As with numerous stories, the beginning and ending are slightly similar.

This structure is primarily influenced by the novel authored by Jorge Luis Borges as well as ‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?’ by Paul Gauguin, which focus on the topics of circularity and the view of life and death in Buddhism.

They, pictured in these photos, me, as I write this, and you, who are looking at the photographs, all exist right now in our own respective times.

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To me, ‘you’ are the future, the presence of which I can only imagine. You the observers probably sense ‘them and me’ living in different times. This is also a letter from myself and them to you, who are in ‘elsewhere’ of this story.

I am confident that the emotions triggered in those of you who are receiving this will lead to something yet different.

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