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From Somewhere, To Elsewhere, by Yota Yoshida. Street Photographers from Japan


I have not any educational background about photography. I’m not conscious of whether something has evolving to myself or not. However, I always want change. It’s not a style, it’s more deeply meaningful things.

Statement and Info

Yota Yoshida (1981) is a street photographer. He grew up in a small town in north Kumamoto Japan and currently resides in Tokyo. He has no formal education in photography but is inspired by everything in each day-to-day experience.

His work primarily deals with people and happenings in public spaces.

And Yota is particularly interested in the invisible emotional and poetic impressions that surround us on an ordinary day.

But he insists his photographs are not exceptional, that anyone could have taken the same pictures if they were in the same place at the same time. He believes the act of taking un-posed photographs is not an act of production, but rather of feeling, and capturing what is already being expressed.

Recent awards include Honorable Mention Award at Brussels Street Photography Festival 2016, and Award Finalist of Miami Street Photography Festival 2015.

His works have been featured in numerous medium including Creators Project by Vice, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Juxtapoz Magazine, Fubiz Media, iGNANT, It’s Nice That, Lomography and others.

Project statement

Statement of “From Somewhere, To Elsewhere”

As the title indicates, this story takes the simple format of coming from somewhere and heading away elsewhere. As with numerous stories, the beginning and ending are slightly similar.

This structure is primarily influenced by the novel authored by Jorge Luis Borges as well as “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” by Paul Gauguin, which focus on the topics of circularity and the view of life and death in Buddhism.

They pictured in these photos, me as I write this, and you who are looking at the photographs, all exist right now in our own respective times.

To me, “you” are the future, the presence of which I can only imagine. You the observers probably sense “them and me” living in different times.

This is also a letter from myself and them to you, who are in “elsewhere” of this story. I am confident that the emotions triggered in those of you who are receiving this will lead to something yet different.


I actually have a lot. In movies, I love the stuff directed by John Ford, Clint Eastwood, John Cassavetes, Robert Aldrich, Sam Peckinpah, Theo Angelopoulos, Yasujiro Ozu, Sadao Nakajima, Kiyoshi Kurosawa.. etc.

Literature also plays a huge role in motivating me. I like works coming from literary modernism, such as the writing of James Joyce, Proust, Woolf.

I admire Latin American literature as well. Jorge Luis Borges, García Marquez, and Maria Vargas Llosa, to name a few.

Or I often read modern American literature such as Vonnegut and Pynchon. Apart from those, music, TV dramas, theater, poetry, paintings, the humanities, sociology, etc… everything highly influences to me.


All the pictures in this post are copyrighted Yota Yoshida