Areport reflecting on Yoshimi Yokoyama’s photographs
Artmoves people as it can make them feel sorrow, joy, or repulsion. Itaffects the way people express their ideas, which surpass the normallanguage and thought. It also communicates the experiences throughrecognizable and clear visual techniques of communication(Hendriks 60).The photograph reviews entail a proper understanding of these visualtechniques used in communication.
Thephotographs by Yoshimi Yokoyama are a representative of people fromall walks of life, including women, old men, youths, children,business people, and drunkards(Philippin and Klosoglou 88).The people are heavily clothed due to cold weather. The streets seemto be congested in the morning hours, but fewer people walk in thestreets in the late afternoons as shown by the long shadows. Themarket is busy with many buyers and sellers, and the sellers aretransacting business happily because one of them is seen smiling.There is a nurse with a sleeveless dress attending to a patient and astatue is also seen on a platform.
Yoshimi’sidentity as a Japanese made her photographs to have huge pedestrianwalks that could accommodate many people from various lifestyles.This is because, Tokyo has enormous walkways for pedestrians, whichform an artistic view of beauty on the roads. The winters in Tokyoare usually mild with cool spells, and since Yoshimi is a Japanese,she gets to photograph most of Prague’s population with heavyclothing(Pipe 47).Additionally, Tokyo experiences rainfall in most of its monthsincluding March,April, May, June, July, August, September and October, which makesher photographs show heavy clothing. She also portrays that the cityhas a high population in the morning hours than in the lateafternoon. This is because from her background in Japan, the rushhours are between 8 am and 9 am in the morning, and briefly in theevening past 5 pm(Pipe 90).Shown by the long shadows, the evening has a lesser population thanin the morning at 11:29, as indicated in the photograph with twogirls.
Thereis repetition among the females shown in the photographs who are seenholding onto some pillars. For instance, the girl in the train holdsthe prop supporting the chair in the train while the nurse holds thelamp shed pillar. It is an indication of the place of women of whereYoshimi comes from, since in Japan, despite many women being collegegraduates, they end up earning forty percent less than the males, andthe married mothers and women are traditionally limited. Due to this,they usually depend on men for support. Contrast is also shown in herphotographs between the seriousness of the nurse attending to apatient, and the business people who are seen to smile and joking attheir place of work. It indicates that the workforce knows how tohandle their jobs hence able attain the best outcomes.
Thephoto with a man lying on a wooden platform indicates that the man isa drunkard who was unable to find a better resting place but there.His hat has fallen, but his hand is in his pocket, which shows thatdespite being drunk, he cares about his money. He has his shoes on,and there is a white teddy bear near his head showing that he is awell-informed man, who has some light about what goes on in hissurroundings. It also indicates that the man has found peace of mindby getting drunk.
Inconclusion, Yoshimi has been shaped by her Japanese origin in herphotography work. Much of the events captured in Prague are in linewith what takes place in her society in Japan.
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