I used to imagine this world as a place where everything relates reciprocally and thought of my photographic work as a product of this relationship. However, my extraordinary experience of staying at a hut for mountaineers on Mt. Fuji for 600 days altered my way of thinking.
Seas of clouds spread out in front of my eyes, above which was the endless cosmos, but the surface of the mountain where I stood belongs to the earth. That was the place where I felt I alone exist here with my soul and body. In the hut, the owner of this shanty, an old man, was gazing at something. I faced and felt everything here vis - à - vis. This was how I got to know that the world is globally connected, though it includes mutual relationships. With this new awareness, I came to see a new world created by my photographic work.
Also, this was the beginning of my great journey. The fact is, we exist here, but, where is here? I believe photography will lead me to the answer to this question and, currently, my journey continues at new places such as Yakushima Island and the country of Mongolia.
The Photographs of YAMAUCHI Yu
YAMAUCHI Yu created his works in a hut on Mount Fuji. While living a kind of ascetic life there, he encountered the overwhelming power of nature and the cosmic world spreading within him. Through the series of photographs of the hut’s owner, YAMAUCHI captures a purified state of mind possessed only by those enlightened by the truth.
On the other hand, YAMAUCHI photographs magnificent scenes such as seas of clouds and the moments of sunrise. The works which captured the scenery changing moment by moment convey his admiration for nature’s creations.
In both works, he vigorously captures different forms born of the same origin. His works vividly represent his astonishment at encountering new sights.