Buildings, architecture and abstract geometry are amongst my favourite subjects. Actually, I got that back to front: the idea of abstraction and deconstruction of composition into considerations of pure colour and form is probably the underlying linkage between all of my images. As a result, buildings and architecture rank high on my list of preferred subjects because they are very conducive for doing just that: they’re static, so you can take your time with the composition; they reflect their environments – or not – and change in personality as changing light plays off different surfaces and textures in different ways; finally, there are always interesting details incorporate into the structures which are a reflection of their architects; much as a photograph is a reflection of the photographer.
Tokyo is an incredibly rich hunting ground for architectural work: not only does the country have money for interesting buildings that have features beyond the bare necessities, but they’re well-designed, mostly sensitively incorporated into their environments and well…just different. That difference makes life interesting; it also doesn’t do any harm that for the most part, you can photograph pretty much anything you wish, with a tripod, and you won’t get chased away by security. This of course allows one’s photography to take on a much slower, more meditative aspect; in this case, almost all of the images in this set were shot with a Hasselblad 501CM, 2.8/80 or 4/150 lenses and the CFV-39 digital back, with a few thrown in from the Ricoh GR and 21mm converter – there isn’t anything that wide for the Hasselblad V system other than the SWC, whose lens doesn’t really play nice with digital backs anyway. I wouldn’t dream of doing this in say, New York or London…enjoy the set! MT
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