Nothing gives me greater pleasure than hunting for new Photographers and finding hidden gems- as I did here with Japanese photographer Osumu Yukonami. His aesthetic is honed from childhood methodology which is rooted in the Japanese philosophy of aesthetics and cultural conceptions of selfhood. The simplicity of his compositions mirror his interest in the ideals of innocence and purity while their assemblage reflect a reverence for an understanding of the world as a dynamic, unified whole. Japanese preschoolers, like those pictured, begin to learn “kejime” or the “distinction” between honne (inner feelings) and tatemae (public personae), a fundamental principle in the structure of Japanese society. Yokonami finds beauty and grace in the emotional rawness before this dyadic sense of self is fully formed.
He has an extensive portfolio of fascinating works – http://www.yokonamiosamu.jp/