First acquainted with photography during a lecture at the University of Meiji in Tokyo, Umemoto then started exploring the craft while producing still lifes for a traditional Kimono company and Shiseido. Over the years his visual interests expanded to Flōra and Landscapes. Umemoto is now developing intersections between painting and photography using both digital and manual processes with vivid colors inspired by Ukiyo-e and classic Japanese comics.
I am more interested in making images rather than taking pictures. Deconstruction and transformation of stills into brand new pictorial expressions; playing with multi−layered processes, colors, textures both with digital and analog tools. I believe that “accidents” occurring during the creation process are part of my visual journey.