"FOR ME THIS WORK OFFERS A SIMPLE REMINDER: WE ARE PRESENT IN THE HERE AND NOW."
- Yu Yamauchi
"I lived in a hut near the sumit of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, for 5 months straight, four years in a row, for a total of 600 days. Each morning, I photographed the dawn from the same spot, chasing the ever-changing drama that unfolded before my eyes.
Ten thousand feet above sea level, this place is literally above the clouds, far from the ground where most of us live our daily lives. It is also the threshold between earth and the outer space. Being there reminds me of the simple fact that we live on a planet within an infinite universe.
Constantly shifting, the clouds look like a membrane encapsulating the Earth. When the Sun rises behind the cloud forming horizon, the world that was painted in blue just a moment before suddenly looks completely different. I witnessed this magical transformation many times.
No matter how complicated society gets of how fast times change, we are part of a vast unknown terrain that creates this rhythm. Thinking this way, it seems to me that our existence itself is also a vast unknown terrain."
- Yamauchi on Dawn