There’s no denying the appeal of a good mystery. It was certainly intrigue that first drew us to the captivating work of Spanish photographer, Yosigo. (Of course, there’s also nothing quite like a mononym to add enigmatic value.) It should be of great testament to Yosigo’s distinctive aesthetic that it caught our eyes as we browsed through Instagram. What has easily become the most ubiquitous social media platform for up-and-coming creatives, Instagram can sometimes be a double-edged sword; its overloaded visual feed doesn’t make it easy for content to stand apart from the rest. Sitting pretty with roughly 55k followers however, Yosigo clearly isn’t failing to make an impression.
It’s in our nature to be curious – a cheeky, irrepressible human foible that Yosigo seems to have grasped and utilised excellently. At little more than two cryptic sentences and a smiley face, his social media and website bios leave pretty much everything to the imagination. None of his photos come with captions... they aren’t even named for crying out loud! Actually though, the unorthodox approach is surprisingly refreshing. Here is a photographer who has decided to let his photography speak entirely for itself. Without a written commentary, we are forced to rely solely on the naked imagery to inform a contextual understanding or emotional response.
Though united by a pervasive use of incandescent, milky tones and dreamy colour palettes, Yosigo’s photography covers a variety of subject matter, thus an extensive library of visual narratives. From utopic architecture to gritty portraits, surrealist musings to dramatic landscapes, his work is both obscure but at the same time, clear-cut and dependable in its whimsy. Yosigo’s personal portfolio is a marvellously honest representation of his shifting inquisitiveness when it comes to exploring the miscellany of a surrounding environment. Charmingly uninhibited and seasoned with a beguiling aesthetic, his work comprises an intuitive recipe for engaging content.
Instantly friendly and fittingly obscure, Yosigo gave little away in conversation, telling us cryptically, “I’ve taken lots of pictures over the last eight years. The style that defines me today is the sum of every experience I’ve enjoyed during that time.”