Yuki Yamazaki photographs explore landscapes as sites for destruction and renewal. As a result of factors such as natural disasters, industrialisation and modernisation, landscapes are a visual marker of how cultural and physical identity are in a state of flux and uncertainty.Read More
Through his distorted renderings of physical landscapes and utilisation of the everyday, even mundane aspects of nature, Yamazaki highlights personal and collective memories that universalise experiences. The artist's black and white photographs capture the lives of individuals through an introspective lens, while the ambiguous elements in his work create a sense of timelessness that transcend space and time.
'There is a possibility that even not meaningless things happen', Yamazaki explains. 'I cannot take it [for] granted this warm sunlight in the afternoon. Something latent always comes into my view in [the] silent middle of the night, or while I am taking a bath, or even suddenly right now at this moment.'
Yamazaki's 'New Order' series exemplifies the transcendental aspect of his works. In this series the artist photographs his hometown from different aerial perspectives. He gathers data from indoor and outdoor imagery and converts them into 3D patterns, which he then layers on top of the photographs of his hometown.
Varied textures and shapes emerge from the surface, creating abstract landscapes that explore how history has shaped the new digital age. Through this photographic series, the artist responds to the question, 'How can oblivion be resisted through visual imagery alone?' while continuing his ongoing exploration of how the present moment and the future is influenced by the past.
Yamazaki describes this series as an attempt to redefine photography. As the world that is photographed is fundamentally different from the one experienced by living bodies, Yamazaki notes that his practice is an acknowledgement that the landscapes captured by his camera are visually distinct from the ones perceived through the senses.