The Land of Connections
Imagine our life without any bridges.
Imagine your life without a bridge you use every day.
Bridges surely make our life much easier and efficient.
The first bridges made by humans were probably spans of cutting-wooden logs or planks, using a simple support and crossbeam arrangement.
Think about that, today’s bridges are far from it.
They are the cutting-edge architectures.
They are the symbol of our desire for convenience.
They symbolized our deepest desire for connections.
“The Land of Connections” is Yoshihiko Wada’s life work project which focuses on capturing the large scale type of bridges in Japan.
The statistic shows that there are over 15,7000 bridges (length over 15m) in Japan, so the country can be called “the land of connections”.
Not only capturing the structure of the bridges, it is important to include the surrounding scenery for well understanding their locations.
Then the 2x1 ratio panorama is both suitable for horizontally long bridges and their surroundings all together.
Each image were 3-5 stitched panorama along with 3-5 minutes (for each capture) long exposure for eliminating moving objects, acquiring for flat sea with a dramatic sky. Also “Black and white” approach can focus on the design
and structures of bridges. Combining those techniques make the series so unique that make different from other typical bridge sceneries.
Yoshihiko Wada JAPAN
As well as being a passionate photographer, Yoshihiko is also a professional sound designer in the very demanding video game industry. The long days and nights debugging games or sitting in a sound studio would eventually wear him out.
In search of something new and fresh, Yoshihiko’s passion for photography started in 2011 when he purchased his first DSLR, a Nikon D90 which was the beginning of his unique photography career.
Waterfalls were his first obsession and found himself totally enamored with the surrealistic smooth flow caused by ND filters and found himself visiting a creek near his home every weekend, and experimenting with various filters.
He gradually changed his preferences and photography style and now finds himself in his most comfortable place in the black and white fine art genre. He finds inspiration from both Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelarr, who are pioneers of this genre. He learned the basics of this distinct post process style from them, daylight hyper long exposure with high contrast black and white processing. He now incorporates his own ideas, themes, colorings, and methods into his images.
He believes his photographs are not philosophical or difficult and everyone can easily understand them when they first see them. He thinks of his photographs as entertainment and if people can be entertained and feel joy from them he’d be very happy.
Monochrome Awards 2015 – Architecture Winners (Professional)
ND AWARD 2015 2nd place(architectere:other)
ND AWARD 2016 2nd place(architecture:bridge)
IPA2016 1st place(architecture: bridge)
TIFA2016 1st place (Architecture of the year, bridge)
IPOTY 2016 1st place (Pro, architecture:bridge)
Commended(top50) at Sony World Photo Wward2017 OPEN ,Architecture
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