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Yuta Fuchikami: Tokyo Ueno Park

Gifu, Japan


When walking through the park you can stop, look around, calm down or just carry on. Thanks to intuition and curiosity, Yuta Fuchikami photographs the myriad personalities and occurrences he encounters of Shinobazu park, Tokyo. The ongoing series Tokyo Ueno Park displays an almost stoicism in the face of people in Tokyo and to what seem like insurmountable odds, depicting unusual scenarios of the great spectacle of everyday life. The photographic series is acerbic observations, it depicts rough-hewn eccentricities and foibles of people in today’s Tokyo. 

Perceived at first glance, the photographs are a sincere and persuasive portrait of how human existence can be detached, skeptical to a degree, morbid, yet humorous and humane. The series becomes a contemporary and persuasive portrait, a humanistic engaged project into unfamiliar societies of Shinobazu. Through Yuta Fuchikami’s lens, we are presented various scenarios and diverse group of individuals, depicting everything from a person posing with some leftovers of a bird cadaver, a person resting on the concrete elevation curb, to rat-tail hair-braided wearing a bag with souvenirs hanging from all sides. Yuta Fuchikami are interested the beauty and the ugliness of people. While walking beside statues of stone and through green alleys of Shinobazu, the photographer talks to his subject’s, ask them to look into his lens, and then take their photograph. In the midst of these peripheral situations he establishes quick human connections, while also searching for what and who humans really are.

Yuta Fuchikami (b. 1987, Gifu Prefecture, Japan) graduated from Nagoya Visual Arts Department of Photography in 2017, uses a Pentax 67, medium-format with color film fuji pro400H, and concurrently exhibited several times at the Totem Pole Photo Gallery and Art Gallery Nagoya. 

Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen