Artist of the Month: Osamu Yokonami

Tell us an interesting story that occurred during art-making.

During my shooting of Assembly, it was a day-long shoot. The female models, were very lively as instructed in the morning – moving and running about. But they slowly got tired in the afternoon, and became quieter or started complaining. Some were even tired out completely that they were not able to move as instructed. After the shoot, some girls even left in a hurry back home without saying good bye. (They were sooo active in the morning! Haha!)

In my 1000 Children photoshoot, most of the kids were able to do the shoot well, but some of the kids were clinging to their moms and crying out. However, their moms are really wanted them to be a part of the shoot, so these kids were shot while they held on to their mother’s hands. The poor moms had to lie down on the floor with holding their children’s hands during the shoot! Some of the more camera-shy kids had to come back to the another day to shoot again.


Share an experience that helped to shape your perspective as an artist.

I don’t know why but I think that I have always had a different perspective since I was a child. It still remains the same in my adulthood.


Where do you draw inspiration from?

All the things that happens or being in my daily life.
For example, diversified scenery, the movement of the people that I see or magazines and so on. (Everythinng!)


How do you keep up with what’s happening in the art community today?

I always check SNS or art magazines for information. Some good friends give me the information directly. I don’t go for drinks with other photographers but I often go with my
assistants and an ex-assistant who eventually became and a photographer.


Words of wisdom, or a favourite quote you live by?

It’s now or never.
Thinking is not enough. We must do. And we will find a way.


What are you currently reading, watching, listening to or looking at that inspires and fuels your love for art?

Interview books of great creators who are older than me.
I am always looking for what I am doing next by getting inspiration from someone else’s pictures.


What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Each one has his/her own personality,or indivisuality. But no one cannot live alone.
Everyone needs help from everyone.


What’s the best advice you can give on how to be more creative?

Just try what you want to do on instinct. Don’t care about what people think about you. If you don’t know what to do, imitate what you like. You find your own style when you keep doing it.


What is your dream project?

I want to keep making my photograph collections.


What is in store for 2016?

I will have an exhibition of the new Assembly series this coming September.


For more information and more artwork from this artist,
click on the link to view the artist profile.


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