The Guestbook: our interview with Yoshiki Hase

Yoshiki Hase is a Japanese photographer who creates strongly conceptual images, of which we have previously spoken here. His work has been exhibited all over the world and in 2018 he won the Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards.

Us at have asked Yoshikia few questions:

What is your first memory of photography?

My first memory is related to the moment I saw a snapshot of an old garden at the back of an Okinawa-style house. It’s a shame that I don’t remember who that image was, but I had a strange feeling that I took it.

It was the moment when I first realized that I had to start taking pictures.

Is there a particular reason why you selected these photographs?

These scenarios were already present in my mind, I just brought them up. I like them because they bring me scenes of uncertainty and universality at the same time. Some images are taken from my Almost Nature project and others from the ENA series.

Why did you choose conceptual art as your personal method of representation?

For me it was very natural, I always liked to experiment, even before starting every single project. I often use countless props, but I’m not good at making them, I prefer to position them and shoot them.
I didn’t realize that what I was doing was a “conceptual” thing. For me, it was just an acknowledgement later on.

What inspires you?

I listen to a lot of music, one of the groups that inspires me the most is the Boards of Canada, a very stimulating Scottish duo, they helped me to realize my project 181 °.
The sound stimulation in the brain is closely related to my production and my imagination.

Do you think that your culture has influenced the way you make art?

I am really not sure about it.

I feel a bit confined to Japanese society, even geographically speaking, Japan may not be the best place for my way of making art.
Also, I am very selective about my locations, finding good is not easy in this country.
I guess being Japanese isn’t really related to what I do.

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