Yuji Hamada

" K "

December 12, 2019 - February 5, 2020
PGI

Yuji Hamada

" K "

December 12, 2019 - February 5, 2020
PGI

  • ©Yuji Hamada

  • ©Yuji Hamada

  • ©Yuji Hamada

  • ©Yuji Hamada

  • ©Yuji Hamada

『   K   』

 

Sometime after I turned 20, with the rising popularity of the Internet and digital technology, I noticed just how many images we are exposed to on a daily basis. In addition to print media, television and advertising we now have social media, net news and the Web all brimming with photographs. This got me thinking about the interplay between us and our imagery, and for the last few years I’ve been exploring the colors specific to photography in my work.

 

In 2014 I released C/M/Y, a series looking at the primary colors in which I created images by rearranging the color layers of dissected Polaroid prints. With R G B in 2018 I turned my focus to the colors which make up light itself to create abstract images of shadows projected onto a white background while also testing the characteristics of various color film stocks. With both projects I was striving to deconstruct photography into photons (light) and graphics (image). C/M/Y covered the graphics and R G B covered the photons, with both works serving to explore the potential of color photography.

 

   K   , the third installment in this series, refers to both the black key plate used in printing and the unit of temperature measurement on the Kelvin scale. To represent these two elements in photographic form I shot the same scene in black and white and in color, then printed both negatives on the same sheet of paper in the darkroom. In doing so I transformed the disconnect between my conscious and subconscious into what I call ‘Black and White Color Photos.’ 

 

Talking with others I’ve realized that we all perceive and react to color differently. Even if you and I were to look at the same apple we wouldn’t necessarily see the same shade of red. These variations can appear due to a person’s level of awareness, memories, or simply with the passage of time. Researching color I also learned that the Eskimo, who live in snowy regions, have many different words to describe the color white. In other words, culture and environment play a large role in how we relate to color. In that sense colors are like dreams, no two people ever see the exact same one. I see all of this as a beautiful contradiction in our understanding.

 

Upon the realization that I can’t see the same colors as others and vice versa, I strived to connect with my own sense of color while taking these photos. When you see the work, I’m certain that your own experiences with color will reveal something far beyond my imagination.

 

2019.10.25

Yuji Hamada