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02 July 2009 @ 01:39 am
Tokyo Nobody!!  


I don't really talk a lot about works I like or what inspires me. But I'd like to change that!! I started with my offsite blog, talking about a new jewelry maker and the Bakuman manga.. It was inspired by a friend, actually. So that brings me to this..


I came upon this photo book completely by accident last night on my way home from recording in Roppongi. And wow. Seriously wow. I was immediately in love with this book and bought it.

It's a collection of (supposedly) non-doctored photographs of Tokyo, with nobody in them. Not a car, not a human. Completely devoid of life, and yet.. not. I love it. It's the kind of feeling that I want to give in Denkiki (the short manga that I've been writing and working on prints of). The photographer, Masataka Nakano, says that it took him 10 years to get these shots one-by-one. I really, really think it's amazing. I want to try something like that sometime. Just wow. I am impressed! I definitely will be looking for more of his work!!
Uru-pon: vestigeuru_k_22 on July 1st, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
it looks realy interesting! I would like to see it one day and maybe work on such an attractive project like that one

thanks for letting us know about it
Jessiebetterinorange on July 1st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
That's amazing! I love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing.
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on July 1st, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is so cool. 10 years just taking all of these amazing photos.
the end has no endwe_like_you on July 1st, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is really amazing sounding!
干物女: computer ruins livesangelalia on July 1st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
this is really interesting, thank you for recommendation :3
girlsblue on July 1st, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Check out "Tokyo blackout" by the same guy. It's kind of similar in that it looks like it's a series shot together, but actually its actually compiled over years and years and years. Don’t know where you are, but Junkudo in Ikebukuro definitely has it~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 2nd, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it on his webpage and was hoping to get the chance to pick it up soon!
metamorphosys on July 1st, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Tokyo Nobody sounds good. I would be interested in reading and seeing more about it. Thanks for sharing this.
Terrytetsushin_agito on July 2nd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
I have no idea how he would have gotten that photo on the side of the Sunshine 60 with nobody in front of it. I've staggered home drunk at 4 in the morning and it is still filled with people...
超ちゃ人: cute: ラブラブchochajin on July 2nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Wow, Tokyo without any people or cars!! Awesome photos, thanks for sharing ^-^
I've been to Harajuku once in the morning and it was really almost DEAD!!! It was almost scary! XD
the random who is not random.: skynakahara02 on July 2nd, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing!

you made me googled for this! i would really hope to find a way of getting the book, it looks nice(:
۞•●★CODA★•●۞.fangirl3 on July 2nd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Rare & Wonderful. Love it.
never grow olddiscodv8 on July 2nd, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
i would love to see this book.
amazon or ebay might have it. surely.
Chiakichiaki777 on July 2nd, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
I remember this shoot. Yeah. This is one of my favorites too. Really nicely done collection.
Sammeh: Dance away [Buono!]destiny_lynn on July 2nd, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I was just reading in one of my photography magazines how to pull this off.

There is a way to make it so everything that is moving disappears so your only left with buildings and still objects. It can make it look like you really did find the whole road empty. It's an amazing trick.

I could scan the article if you want to take a look at it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 3rd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, if you have a moment that would be awesome! I'd love to read it!
arthurfrdent: kermitararthurfrdent on July 3rd, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Finally got a chance to look at this and... wow. This guy must be quite patient. The last online gallery shot of t...nobody is shot with a 4X5 View camera, and the transparency and saturation bring a great deal to the image. Er, correct that... the bio says he shot all that on 8X10 view camera which is even more difficult. However he made the images, he is patient... waiting for the right moment, and probably staking out different places for the right light... I'm definitely going to pass around his website to my friends. I'd be curious to find out if he has gone all digital. Some people make the leap, and change their style and some don't. Personally I've decided to keep shooting film, because of the way it looks...

Thanks a ton for sharing...