The sandy bodies of female swimmers, shot from behind, represent the second stage in Osamu Yokonami’s aesthetic and intellectual research. His compositions are the visual metaphor of a not-so-fictional social system of cultural homogenization. The photographer explores groupness as both creating anonymity, and highlighting discontinuities and discords. “Some things that can only be expressed when people are grouped because collectivity and anonymity are very related to the youth” – he explains. In Yokonami’s usual fashion, the faces of his models are not shown; this allows the photographer to draw out the strength of the group as a portrait.