Yosuke Takeda was born in 1982 in Aichi Prefecture, and graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Doshisha University in 2005. While at university, Takeda absorbed himself in darkroom work. However, given the discontinuation of photographic paper production and other factors, the conditions for making film-based photographs were becoming more difficult. Takeda realised that it would be impossible to ignore this situation, and this realisation was a turning point for him as an artist working with photography. Even while the act of looking at images remains the same, the materials for fixing images are undergoing great changes. In the middle of such changes, what does it mean to work with photography? Takeda has come to face up to this big question, which requires a careful answer.
After moving to digital photography, Takeda produced various works overflowing with a penetrating degree of consciousness towards photography as a medium. These works were well-received, as much for their unique composition as for their flat image surface. Takeda, standing between the fixing of images on paper and the manipulation of digital data on a monitor, philosophically explores the possibilities of photography. The works in IBASHO's collection convey this exploration: the images were created using an old analog-era lens on a digital camera resulting in flare and blown-out highlights where no information was recorded on the digital sensor - two things that are usually considered undesirable in photography, but have resulted in beautiful, poetic images.