Ueki

Yasuyuki Takagi

$89




This humble, yet sublime publication from photographer Yasuyuki Takagi is an honest depiction of his walks around
residential Tokyo where he observed and captured scenes of nature and concrete living in tandem.


At first it may appear that the streets of Tokyo portray a grey urban jungle, offering an unexpectedly unique home to nature. Nature is not found in parks as usually so in other bustling cities (Tokyo only offers 5 sq/m of park for each citizen, compared to New York’s 25 sq/m), nature is introduced by the citizens themselves, in small and large pots placed in front of buildings, in walkways, alleys, balconies, and so on forming a rhythmic composition of asphalt and green.

“Photographing the relationship between humans and the natural world has been a theme I have explored for the past 25 years or so. As a city boy, the deep natural world was always attractive and yet somewhat foreign to me. That all changed during the six months I lived in Brazil and my experiences there with the land and the peoples brought me to the Amazon Forest. I was mesmerized by the fragrant, lush forests and the unbelievable density of the nature. It made sense to me then that all the human problems on the planet are mostly caused from some sort of power struggles involving land ownership, deforestation, and the expansion of humans.


If you imagine 100 years or more from now, when people look back at our time and see how we connected with nature, it is probably the bohemian street gardens more so than ikebana or bonsai. Community, group driven natural environments, that hold nature and humans together in a shared experience. Even this is threatened to some communities now as expensive real estate development replaces these fixtures of urban life. I believe that this way of sharing nature deserves to have its own history book before this too vanishes. I call this book UEKI.”
― Excerpt from Yasuyuki Takagi’s artist statement




Soft Cover
20 x 25 cm 
98 Pages