“In Latin, mater means mother/source,.
Mäter derives from the Indo-European root word mehter (mother),
and has the same etymology as the English word mother.
The original meaning of the Latin word materia is "tree trunk."
The trunk is thought to be the "womb" of life, and materia originates from the word mater.”
― Yoshihiko Ueda’s introduction
Water, earth, the human body. Yoshihiko Ueda’s “Mater” captures life in its deepest essences. In dark, reduced photographs, Ueda links the core elements of that which enables life into a serene series. In Ueda’s remarkable gaze, humans become equal with nature as fragments of life’s existence on earth. Photographs of waterfalls, moon-light rocks and human bodies, water in flow and bodies in motion express Ueda’s fundamental fascination with our planet as a place that gives birth to life in all its forms.