For more than 7 years now, I have been photographing fancifully costumed clubgoers at club parties in Tokyo. I have taken over 600 portraits so far, with more to follow. The clubgoersâ€™ fake eyelashes, their hair extensions, the tattoos and character goods that cover their bodies seem almost to infinitely breed and multiply in a motley riot of colors. Since ancient times, wearing bright colors and ornaments has been considered an effective way to call down luck from the spirits, who are said to be attracted to such brilliance. Could they, then, be like the shamans of yesteryear, channeling the gods and spirits of this megalopolis who have long ceased to call to the humans who live within their ken? If so, will these shamans indeed be able to bring supernatural blessing upon Tokyo, now in the fast-dwindling last days of our fossil-fuel-based civilization?
Yoichi Nagata is a Tokyo based photographer. He studied photography at Eikoh Hosoeâ€™s workshop. He worked as a commercial photographer, and a commercial works such as Shu Uemura Cosmetics and Shiseido etc. published in â€śGraphis Postersâ€ť and â€śAdvertising Photography in Japanâ€ť. and also in the collection of Shiseido Gallery. He held several solo exbitions in Japan and participated in group shows including Micheko Gallerie in Munich , â€śPlanet Earthâ€ť in New York , and â€śNatural Worldâ€ť at The Center for Fine Art Photography. He received Second Prize from PX3 2010 and 5 Honorable Mention from IPA 2010, and selected finalist of Critical Mass 2010 and Roberto Del Carlo Lucca digital Photo contest09. His works has been featured in fotoMAGAZIN(Germany). His works is represented by Susan Spiritus Gallery(Newport Beach U.S.A.) and Micheko Galerie.(Munich Germany)