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Haikyo: The modern ruins of Japan

Haikyo: The modern ruins of Japan





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Paru le : 01 Juillet 2017
Pages : 216
EAN 13 : 9781908211460

Stepping away from the lights and into the shadows, one adventurous photographer embarks on an underground voyeuristic journey, documenting a curious collection of images that provide a rare and intimate glimpse into a secret, mysterious and sometimes bizarre world. Miniature jungles sprout and thrive in the rooms of a discarded beachside resort. Filled with curiosities and eccentric furniture, a long forgotten love hotel crumbles away on the outskirts of a small country town. Inside a large snow covered building, a giant taxidermy walrus sits wedged in the corner of a darkened, dust filled room. After years of abandonment, vines and foliage take over from past crowds to engulf roller coasters, carousels and water slides in a swampy amusement park. Rows of stools await more customers as the years pass by in a dilapidated strip club filled with retro treasures. Each with its own unique story to tell, the end result is the presentation of a fascinating realm where one can contemplate Japan's hidden journey from permanence to disposability, composition to decomposition and construction to deconstruction.

About the Author

Believing there is a strong cultural value in the documentation of the past, Shane Thoms focus's solely on the abandoned space, visually capturing the remaining traces of human emotion that linger before the process of urban evolution erases them completely. Shooting within a carefully considered landscape format, Shane Thoms's photographic style presents a fictionalized, cinematic stage-like realm by which the observer can contemplate ideas on the constructed human world. More than just visuals of decayed environments, these images become thought provoking mediums that raise questions not only regarding our past, but also our present and future states. Through these photographs, ideas on population, space, economy, infrastructure and environment are pushed forward via a narrative that speaks volumes regarding the human condition. Along with this, the observer also has the opportunity to embark on a voyeuristic journey into the shadows of the forgotten urban environment, gaining an intimate glimpse into a secret, mysterious and sometimes bizarre world. As featured on CNN, The Business Insider, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Messy Nessy Chic, So Bad So Good, Aplus, la repubblica, Viral Nova, Daily Best , The Weather Channel etc, this work is a visual documentation of the inevitable human destiny. *Exhibits: 'Prypiat', January to February 2013, 'Cesium 137', August 2013 *Awards: 2014 Best Architectural Image, Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon for White Found in Haikyo **Bachelor of Design, Vis Comm, (photography major), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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