Witnessing everything around us and having an audience of millions can be the end of creativity or just another beginning. Under the condition to still be able to see under the "tear gas" attack and survive the visual Armageddon.
Yuji is one of the survivors. He also features one of the few signatures I am able to recognize "blindly". I recognize his surroundings, his quality of light, his lens, his eye-level framing.
But beyond lens, light, POV, processing, what else is a personal and recognizable style?
It is not the extreme experimentation, the grotesque (these only have a historical/documentary value).
It is the plan, the ideas, your state of mind, your suffering, your quest of truth, your need of equilibrium. During these moments you have to be highly concentrated in what you feel and think. It is a highly mental exercise and as such you should be away from "noises" and the collective approach.
I chose this picture to demonstrate that there are no predefined recipes in doing something in an original way.
The scene is not original (there are no original scenes, there are original points of view). However the personal choice of the author to include certain elements, to freeze certain gestures, to interprete an ordinary moment through his unique inner algorithm, well all these are truly original.
I am quoting here what I've said in the past about him and the same words pop up over and over again: "Yuji's subjects and street scenes are delivered to us from an eye-level vantage point, with a normal focal and under a typical light. But then, how these pictures are becoming so uncanny? I have no idea of how street life is in Japan but I dare to prefer this hyperreal obsessive look, over Moriyama's (and many others') manneristic ... accidents"
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