For his series Assembly, Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami captures scenes of young girls on a backdrop of stunning landscapes. Faces hidden and dressed in identical clothing, the girls are anonymous and their identity is stripped away. Mysterious, yet beautifully composed, these images could be stills from a movie, each with its own individual setting and storyline.
Yokonami carefully selected each location as a way to carry out the theme of anonymity. Surreal and cinematic, the minimal and neutral hued landscapes of forests, fields and beaches form the backdrop for the girls to run and play. Some scenes are noticeably staged, as they move in perfect unison, while in others the photographer has allowed the girls to have free will and run as they please. The result is an impression that points to the power and beauty of collectiveness.
All images © Osamu Yokonami 2014