There is a dream-like atmosphere surrounding the world of images created by Yoichiro Nishimura―a dream subtly cool, erotic and mysterious.
In the middle of the night, as I turn off the light and close my eyes, there appear spectacles of various lights glowing like phosphorescence in the back of the eyelids, slowly flowing across the retina. Whenever my senses experience this indefinable transition of light, I find myself immersed in Nishimura’s visions. A journey into a sensual, alluring world of the microcosms―Blue Flower is a sublimation of Nishimura’s creative sensitivity.
Minnano Gallery is pleased to announce "Yoichiro Nishimura - Blue Flower" an exhibition of Japanese artist Yoichiro Nishimura’s (b.1967) photography works from “Blue Flower” series.
The idea of a blue flower may seem strange for some people, never having seen or heard of a blue dandelion or blue cherry blossom before. Without question, these flowers were originally red and yellow.
How then did they turn into blue flowers? This is because these are color negative photographs, in which the colors are reversed into their respective complementary colors. This results in transforming the coloration of warm colors, such as red and yellow, into bluish cool colors. At the same time, tonal transition takes place, reversing the light into dark shadow, and shadow into bright light― it is from within the darkness, a blue flower emerge. The seemingly common flowers are sprinkled with the magic of photography, and what appears in front of our eyes is a completely new presence of the flowers.
Nishimura has undertaken a new and original photographic technique, which he calls scangram. Scangram can be described as a digital version of photogram. It is a technique to create a negative digital image of an object, such as flowers and leaves, by placing them on top of a scanner. The biggest feature is in how the color is reversed from the original color into the complimentary color, as much as how the form and outline of an object is captured; thus a red Hibiscus or Azalea would result in a blue-ish outcome. The visual effect is extraordinary; the flowers exude a mystic atmosphere, as if they were bathed in moonlight. Through transforming themselves from the world of the positive to the negative, “flowers of the shadow” come to light.
When looking back in the history of photography as media expressions, we come across practitioners – similar to magicians or alchemists – who indulged their passions in creating mystical images, rather than representing or documenting the reality as it is. For them, photogram remained an important tool for their creative expressions. Man Ray, known as “alchemist of images”, is one of the many practitioners of photogram representing the 20th century; and clearly, Yoichiro Nishimura is a photographer following the same artistic lineage.