The series From Somewhere to Elsewhere show unknowing subjects creating unintentional formations, navigating their landscapes, living some beautiful moments in their ordinary days. As the title indicates, the story is about coming from somewhere and heading away elsewhere with a similarity between the beginning and end.
Yota Yoshida is the eye behind those emotional instants where people simply interacts with public space. Without a formal education in photography the artist does not consider his photographs exceptional, as if anyone could have taken the same pictures if they were in the same place at the same time. But finding inspiration by everything in each day-to-day experience is not a common attitude and his recent awards - Honorable Mention Award at Brussels Street Photography Festival 2016 and Award Finalist of Miami Street Photography Festival 2015 – say the opposite.
Born in a small town in north Kumamoto Japan and currently resides in Tokyo, the street photographer (1981) conceives the project on the power of invisible things, “like various emotions and poetic expressions in the everyday.” He doesn’t ask permission to take the photos and never plans in advance what he wants to shoot. 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.
From Somewhere to Elsewhere 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.