Yosuke Takeda

Yosuke Takeda gives the viewer brightly colored views, each of which he has searched out and patiently waited for. He gives light a density in the precise moments he captures—a forest’s leaves shimmering in the early morning, a street’s reflective surface radiating color at night, luminous blinds drawn over an apartment window. He achieves his distinctive effects by using an old, second hand analog era lens that he attaches to his digital camera. His images are based on the strong light drawn into his camera and the area within the frame that becomes supersaturated. Captured in high resolution, the details are filled with textures that undulate in an almost chaotic manner. His images are based on flares and blown-out highlights where no “real” information was recorded.

Yosuke Takeda started from experimenting with darkroom photography production and he shifted over to digital photography, aware that photographic film and paper were becoming obsolete. Takeda’s work is related to the strong tendency of Japanese art to be planar. This is in the tradition of Ukiyo-­e woodblock prints and contemporary graphic design. Takeda recently works with what he calls the “digital flare,” the artifacts that result from traces of light on the camera lens that become part of the image. In the photographs, the overexposed white light becomes indistinguishable from the white paper the work is printed on.