Interview: Yoichiro Sakai
Luca Curci talks with Yoichiro Sakai.
I am Yoichiro Sakai, Landscape and Airplane photographer active on overseas, based in Tokyo Japan. And more, now trying to some online exhibitions.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Yoichiro Sakai – Now I have a plan about publishing original edited photo books of Japanese landscape. So I’m making plans to take photos to make up with it. I would like to send it to my fans and to the bookstores and galleries. If you like new photo books, please contact me via my website. Of course, the photo exhibition is good progressing too. Just now, I am having a photo exhibition at a French café in my town Tokyo. It creates a space where you can experience the atmosphere of France with the taste of dishes. Now we cannot travel abroad freedom, therefore shop’s owner and customers are please for theirs.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
YS – As the background, I graduated from a university in the department of photography, and I have been awarded many international competitions at the same time. Then I had experiences to exhibit at some galleries, restaurants and shops. In addition to galleries, I regularly held solo exhibitions at luxury hotels and restaurants, and had the opportunity to exhibit them. So, I could present my work as the artist-photographer anytime. The most influence things that I won the first place at EWAAC in 2015. However, it is important that the background should be updated always. Of course, I was estimated to exhibit in your exhibition about the Future landscape exhibition.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
YS – It is no change from I am calling a photographer by myself. I think that professional photographer should have keep the same skills and must displayed a work of result anytime. However, I feel grow up my skills every year, because I had a lot of experienced that I could not shoot the way I want, when I and you don’t get good results at the time of the exhibition. Failures makes to a success, and it will get a confidence and trust to good business as the artist-photographer.
LC – What is your creative process like?
YS – Sometimes, I have an ideal image to create a work. For this, I always to think and research, after this I will come back my memory. To be concrete, firstly, search a place on a map and when I can get a good sun lighting or color as same as my images. Secondly, I will shoot a camera, while thinking about the best settings as the camera skills. Finally, when I come back home, I edit it very carefully to becomes the same images and colors of realistic of my clearly memory.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
YS – Now I’m looking for the good location in Japan. So, I think that as the landscape photographer, it is the most basic things it. Using its experiences that I learned in past international competitions and exhibitions, I want to take photos of Japanese scene. And more when it, I have original Japanese eyes and emotions to create the artworks. I would like to challenge I can take because I am a Japanese person, and final of all, I will show it to the world appreciators.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
YS – I made it from existing works, but it was second exhibition as for me, so I wanted to show new works and inspire you into works. Because it was very difficult to transport my works due to holidays and affected by the coronavirus. I want to have a chance to send my works when it can free movement and normalization of transports again.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
YS – This time, the theme is Contemporary Venice isn’t it!? So, I really wanted to show you the most suitable works for this theme. If I must find connected things in this photo, It seems that a seaman has very contemporary style in the present time. Because when they go to traveling towards to the ocean now, they use a ship of historical and old style. On the other hand, it can be said that I took the scene using by a digital camera today. By the way, this photo took in Manarola, Italy.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
YS – It’s very nice. Interview articles are updated daily, and I can know the artist and art works of today’s life. The genres are also accurate parted, and sorted out news and it looks like an easy-to-read layout. The other words, the article has big images so you are given impacts from it. I feel that it may be the source of my creation in the future. However, I have a plan, what do you start a membership-based online (virtual) museum while real-life behavior is restricted period. I’m feeling very attractive it.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
YS – Of course. That’s exactly what I think right now. It satisfied with my desire to exhibit overseas. And I’m very grateful curator of right judgments. And your organization seems to be contributing to grow up a lot of artists.