Project info

The themes of my work are the everyday and the familiar. What is familiar to me, however, could be new to the viewer. It could also be revelatory or something previously overlooked. It is the viewers’ varied responses to and interpretations of images, which makes photography interesting.

"Sometimes photography without content is enough. Sometimes the lack of context gives depth to the picture, a resonance, gives us space to examine the banality of the subject and the beauty inherent in it. Yoshinori Mizutani gives us this space, his pictures reflecting on the mundanity of the everyday, transforming it, giving us a glimpse of his relationship to the surfaces, color and textures that surround him.

It is breathtakingly understated work; a door, a tree, an empty street, an escalator, all given the same treatment, a careful studied and contemplative series of pictures whose subject matter is not as important as the vitality of the thing itself; the elegance of geometry, the luminosity of light, the vibrancy of color and the texture of the object. In many ways, Mizutani makes images that encapsulate the age of now, their characteristics specific to this moment in time."

-Moray Mair