Sky for Papalagi

PhotographerYoichi Nagata
PrizeFine Art / Architecture_FA
Entry Description

Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, where giant skyscrapers spike out of the ground as cars with their sleek metallic bodies weave incessantly at their feet . . . But when I walk these towering megalopolises with camera in hand, I discover that through the viewfinder other, doubled images begin to emerge. Stepping inside a cavernous shopping gallery, I am greeted by a manmade sky arching overhead and manmade fountains and even streams artfully laid out below. As pleasant as they are, these artificial landscapes no longer give home to those earth spirits whom we humans knew so intimately from old. When these and other urban textures mirror the sky and clouds and sun—the only real nature to grace the city—it is as though some oracle were giving pronouncement on the place’s fate. With expanses of barren concrete locking away the mother soil underneath, a great metropolis is certainly not somewhere living things are meant to flourish. For its human inhabitants, though, it does hold out the limitless hope that here they might be relieved of all possible fetters and soar free. To feed that illusory dream, endless quantities of energy must be pumped into the cities. True, the development of cities has led to tremendous advances in human diversity and creativity. But now that their magnitude is swelling close to the limit, the time has come to rethink their existence, from the ground up.

About Photographer

Yoichi Nagata is a Tokyo based photographer. He studied photography at Eikoh Hosoeâs workshop. He worked as a commercial photographer, and a commercial works such as Shu Uemura Cosmetics and Shiseido etc. published in âGraphis Postersâ and âAdvertising Photography in Japanâ. 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 , âPlanet Earthâ in New York , and âNatural Worldâ 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)