Japanese photographer Reiko Yagi derived her photography from the philosophical principles of the Zen tradition. Her fine art landscapes reflect the ‘Wabi and Sabi’ aesthetic concept. She discreetly suggests us qualities of impermanence, asymmetry, and imperfection. A pinhole camera without lenses is a natural and most reasonable
The objects of her interest are an environmental issue. Places and spaces of her fine art landscapes are the irreversible flows of life. She reaches the wisdom and beauty of imperfections with the simplicity, tranquility, and naturalness.
Those are the main aesthetic principles that we can amplify in her images. Her photos made as modest and rustic but harmonized fragments of the bigger picture. Reiko Yagi focuses on the slightly blurred fragments of the landscapes that refer the self-imposed isolation and imperfection as a matter of the choice. The style she built is the contentment with the simple things and contemplative principles. With the melancholic intuitive beauty, Reiko Yagi reveals the visual form we could easily compare with haiku poetry.
The accent of the Reiko Yagi fine art photography is on the spiritual level. Her landscapes exist as a private spiritual
journey. The atmospheres created as universal flux we usually call the circle of life.
Senior Curator (Croatia EU), Photolucida Critical Mass 2018 prescreener and juror (Portland, Oregon US)
Drazenka Jalsic Ernecic