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

http://www.artunlimited.co.jp/nakano/tn.html

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..

TOKYO NOBODY.

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!!
 
 
 
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...