From Somewhere to Elsewhere



Life is funny. And unwittingly, normal people do the strangest and funniest things throughout their funny lives. Often, though, it takes a playful, childish eye to recognise that. With adults so inexplicable, the only point of view worth taking is that of a child. This is the point of view Yota Yoshida (b. 1981) takes in his street photography from Japan.

In the series From Somewhere to Elsewhere, adults are distant and strange, and they do peculiar things: they sleep in weird places, cover their faces with strange things, and stare at nothing for no particular reason. It is little wonder that children find adults utterly perplexing. They seem lonely and solemn for no discernible reason. Here, we don’t even get a proper look at their faces, the closest we get is through the rear-view mirror of a metro. Why would you ever want to become one?

But while Yoshida’s images are playful, they also have a seriousness to them: there is a sense of solitude there, and introspection. As the title suggests, the series also asks us where do we come from, and where are we going? All the people here seem to be going somewhere—literally and figuratively. But the questions of why and where seem to remain wholly unanswered.