What draws us to a specific photograph? Is it the beauty of its subject? Is it the interplay of light, color, and spacial temporality?
Well, maybe. But most of the time, we like photography that makes us laugh.
That’s where Ryosuke Takamura comes in. The Japanese photographer takes his cues from mundane scenes of life. In his portraits, everything seems utterly average in a way that seems somehow totally off. What’s exactly off is hard to place: The way someone is posed, or the position of the camera, or something just outside of the frame. To understand reality, we have to constantly be questioning it. And to appreciate art, we have to find the art what’s real, mundane, and bizarre about our everyday routine.
Check out Takamura’s work here.