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A gallery talk by Yuichi Yokota will be held as follows:
Lapland is in the northern reaches of Finland. It is a magical world covered in snow with a magnificent natural environment and spectacular lights.
Together with friends from six countries, I explored Lapland over the winter months of 2015 - 2016. Hopping from place to place, we passed our time hunting auroras, dogsledding, hiking up snow-covered mountains, ice-climbing, snowshoeing and doing other rewarding activities. I snapped picture after picture, captivated by the amazing auroras that appeared over my head, and the changing landscape and sky I saw while driving my dogsled.
To this day, I still recall the colors of the wild, the warmth of the fires and the light of the auroras that I encountered under the clear skies and freezing temperatures.
Of the many photos I took during my trek, I am showing here a selection that symbolically captures winter in Finland. I hope my work will help you to sense the natural beauty that this wondrous part of the world bestows in winter.
Born in 1985. Native of Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. Photographer residing in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. Specializes in bold detailed works that convey the magnanimous scale of the great outdoors. Likes to photograph landscapes in Japan and abroad. Has provided sightseeing photographs for travel agencies and local governments.
Was selected from amongst 4,000 contestants from around the world to represent Japan in the “100 Days of Polar Night Magic” project organized by Visit Finland and Finnair to promote tourism over the 2015-2016 winter. Posted on social media and elsewhere numerous photographs of Finlandʼs wondrous outdoors.
Traveled to Bhutan in July 2016 as a representative of Japan to promote tourism celebrating 30 years of cooperative relations between the two countries. In August that same year, signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Apple to use his work in iPhone ads celebrating the newly established public holiday, “Mountain Day”. Won 1st Prize in the Nature Category of the International Photography Award (IPA) 2016, with his works of auroras, some of which can be seen at this exhibition.
Won various awards at contests in Japan and abroad during 2017 and 2018. Uses photography to tell a vast audience about the spectacular landscapes, cultures and peoples around the world.