Tokyo Monogatari
Project info

Tokyo Monogatari

The spatial perception in the photographs characterizes my work. I synthesize different elements together in a new dimension. The use of color, shape, patterns and lines occur in all images and sustain the balance of these elements. The bodily form has been of importance in my photography for a long time. The unnatural forms and excessive expressions of the body are often the topic in my photographs.

Tokyo Monogatari is a personal project inspired by the typical aspects of the daily contemporary life and the traditional cultural heritage of Tokyo. The atmosphere of the city is visualized by the synthesis of these different elements.

The series expresses at one side the habitual rituals of the citizens of Tokyo nowadays and at the other hand the exaggeration of bodily shapes drawn in the ancient manga sketches of Hokusai and shown in the movements of the performers in Noh- and Kabuki theater and the ‘hidden’ puppeteers of Bunraku in a photographic manner.

This project endorsed by:
Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan,
Royal Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo ,
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

Tokyo Monogatari won two awards:
The 2nd Jury Prize, Conceptual Photography, Viewbook PhotoStory 2009.
The Award of Excellence 2009, 50th Annual Photography Exhibition. Communication Arts, USA.

Tokyo Monogatari is part of Tokyo-Ga - Describing Tokyo Spaces by 100 Photographers.