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.


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.