The 11th “1_WALL” Photography Competition Grand Prize Winner
Shiho Yoshida won the Grand Prize in the 11th “1_WALL” Photography Competition for “log,” her experimental work created by photographing Internet images with a film camera and then touching up the photos multiple times in a darkroom to give substance to fragments of the enormous number of images we see every day. Yoshida’s contemporary perspective reacting to Internet images appearing on cellphones and computer screens was highly acclaimed by the judging panel, together with the high level of achievement manifested in her portfolio and exhibited works.
Yoshida’s works incorporate a physical approach exemplified by her not merely reproducing a scene shown on a monitor but actually going to the location itself and photographing it; this is overlapped with the multiple optical processes involved in making her prints. This series of actions undertaken for a single image strips away the emotional and semantic aspects of her photographed object and gropes for emergence of an image unknown and unforeseen by Yoshida herself. Through such a process, the image fixed to a new base – printing paper – at first glance appears to be a simple image trimmed of its elements; but the viewer is confronted with the falsehood lurking in the photo and the relationship with the photographer, and made to think again about the true meaning of “seeing.”
This exhibition, Yoshida’s first solo show ever, will center on new works she has created since winning the Grand Prize in November 2014.
Message from the Artist
Every day I look at a huge number of photographs. Doing so, I think, is like looking at information that will lead me somewhere, or information that’s in a different context. When I process my photographs over and over, an image emerges that’s disparate from the scene I saw, like an error. I’m investigating this method because I want to create a new system of seeing, one in which matter that has no pre-existing indication or context is reconfigured and photographed.
Comment from one of the Judges
As to what’s visible, a vague emotional sense only. Standing before these works that rely on neither depiction of photographed objects nor exposure of their inner aspect, I am left speechless. Here we find absolutely none of the storytelling words are so good at.
Truly new ways of expression defy words, and such is the case with these works. I think now is the time to quietly confront these outstanding works that can only be described as visual. More time will be needed before words can be spun. But if one thing can be said…. (continued at the exhibition)
Ryudai Takano (photographer)
July 24 (Fri), 2015 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 30 (Thu), 2015 7:10 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.