The unspoken yet felt emotion of a particular solitude -- the void in the heart solely meant for occupancy of the self -- is what Japanese photographer Yota Yoshida seeks to capture if words fail to express the complications of the human heart.
His series "From Somewhere, To Elsewhere" is a story in a diaristic format. Each of the photographs emulates the gaze of an observer, who happens to be on the board of some mode of transportation. Be in inside a train, a bus, a car.
There's a certain feeling of otherness, the sense of "them and me" in different situations found in everyday life. In Tokyo, Japan, he finds several instances. Somehow it also works as a letter to his audience, from the photographer and the subject themselves.
However, Yota emphasizes there is not only loneliness in mind as he captured these images. Loneliness is but just a singular element. The others are majorly inexplicable, even he cannot give the exact words to describe such feelings.
The series is inspired by the novel "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" by Paul Gauguin, and author Jorge Luis Borges, in which their works explore topics of life and death in the Buddhist view.
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