Daisuke Yokota – Site/Cloud

2013 / 1st edition
Artbeat publisher
30 x 23 cm
English, Japanese
ISBN 978-4-902080-44-5

The photographic process that I will describe now doesn’t limit itself to ‘site/cloud’. It is the method I use for most of my work. I start making pictures with a digital compact camera, followed by some editing in Photoshop or not. Then I print them on paper with an inkjet printer. Afterwards I re-photograph these prints with a 6×4,5 film camera. I developed the film rolls into a tube of boiling water. By doing so, the silver crystallised on the surface of the film corrodes so that light won’t pass through. Then I scan the negatives using the paper document mode. When that’s done I place the duplicate on top of the original digital image using Photoshop.

‘Site/cloud’ is different from my other series as I also engrafted the details of the clouds. To do this, I used the texture of developed empty 4×5 negatives. This emphasized the material quality and gave the images a very abstract undertone. I engrafted these details several times, so that in the end I had an image consisting of at least ten different layers.

 

Yokota’s images in predominantly black and white – sometimes with a hint of colour – show a haunting, indefinable world with shadowy, anonymous apparitions and nondescript places, contrasted with colourful representations of skies and clouds.
The artist has developed an own, unusual working process, in order to achieve a new reality: he photographs and re-photographs, works and reworks images, and adds layers of alteration and distortion, thereby embracing chance. Each modification reveals fresh possibilities for the next image, resulting in haunting, distorted and otherworldly images.

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Le immagini di Yokota sono prevalentemente in bianco e nero – talvolta con un accenno di colore – e rappresentano un mondo con apparizioni inquietanti e indefinibili,  luoghi anonimi, contrapposti a rappresentazioni colorate di cieli e nuvole.
L’artista ha sviluppato un proprio, insolito procedimento di modificazione delle immagini, al fine di raggiungere una nuova realtà: fotografa e ri-fotografa, lavora e rielabora le immagini e aggiunge strati di alterazione e distorsione, includendo così il caso. Ogni modifica rivela nuove potenzialità per l’immagine successiva, risultando in immagini inquietanti, deformate e trascendenti.