YOSHINORI MIZUTANI - HDR_NATURE
The HDR_nature series offers a fresh take on nature photography. Using the latest technology, Mizutani creates images that look painted with brush strokes. In a world where everyone can take photographs, and there are long too many snapshot hotographs of nature, it makes it extremely difficult to develop a language to work with, to provide viewers with a chance to see anew. With HDR_nature, Mizutani ventured into a new frontier in photography. HDR, short for High Dynamic Range, is a post-processing task of taking a series of images, combining them and adjusting the contrast ratios to create images as close as possible to how the human eye sees. Mizutani deliberately works against this logic, moving his camera around to combine multiple out-of-focus images. As a result, he manages to create something we have never seen before. By adopting digital photography without concern for pre-determined ideas regarding best practices, he has found a new capacity for photographic expression, while commenting on a medium that has always gone hand-in-hand with the development of related technologies.
Yoshinori Mizutani's works suggest new expressive possibilities that mix the domestic traditions of personal and street photography with those of foreign conceptual photography. His photographs work with an innate understanding of how forms, colors, textures and depth translate to the pictorial plane. The themes of Mizutani's work are the everyday and the familiar —what is familiar to him, however, becomes new for the viewer. What is revelatory is something that was likely previously overlooked. It is the viewers’ varied responses to and interpretation of images that matters, as this mirrors the process behind his method. He is working with a visual vocabulary that has been well established, it his reinterpretation of this language that proposes new methods for understanding nature.