Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami once produced a photography series titled 1000 Children, in which he had a thousand little girls wear the same uniform, and asked them to balance a piece of fruit on their heads and shoulders; he then took an individual photograph of each of them. In his opinion, the tiny differences among people with the same outlook and the same pose can further bring out each of their personality.
His later series, which is titled Assembly, followed the same recipe, but the outcome was a direct opposite. A group of young girls in uniform perform the same things against the background of natural sceneries, their steps in unison yet their faces are obscured; at first glance, they look like a group of secondary school students passing by, nothing more. He intentionally blurred the facial features of those photographed because when the faces disappear, so do the identity and personality.
Recently, Osamu Yokonami self-financed the publication of a photo album titled Assembly Snow. Thanks to the purely white cover, which bears only the embossed book title and the name of the photographer, as well as to plenty of blank space in the inner pages, it is easier to notice the vast snow landscape in the pictures, whose light blue becomes a distinct kind of white. The use of a slow shutter speed creates overlapping bodies, with the residue shadow of the previous motion overlaying with the beginning next motion; they are dancing, rolling around, running or rotating, eventually melting into a ball of colors; within the sceneries, before the lenses of Osamu Yokonami, even bodies become sceneries.