Tokyo is known as the place where Westerners feel 'lost in translation'.
Here, all is in the air, it happens between the lines and won't be found on the surface. Everything changes, transforms yet goes back to its previous form and state in seconds. Things might appear monotone then suddenly a totally unpredictable nature is revealed. That makes the experiences almost surreal to a Westerner's mind.
Very early I abandoned the idea of translating and let my eyes and senses guide me.
Not understanding, only feeling and exploring was my way to become part of Tokyo and to let Tokyo to become part of me.
I embraced the contrasts of Tokyo - physical, emotional and conceptual.
I was getting lost by design.
The camera was my visual recorder for the juxtapositions of places, people and emotions.
The series Tokyo desu doesn't offer answers, definitions, explanations or translations of any sort. It is a journey within the layers of Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan 2015
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