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Beautiful Long-Exposure Photography Creates Collective Graffiti Of Tokyo's Urban Landscape

Photographer Sinichi Higashi captures the fluorescent cityscape of Tokyo, and the collective gestures of its culture.

Take the altered, glistening lights of Gaspar Noé's warped, fluorescent view of Tokyo in his 2009 film Enter the Void and blend it with a cyberpunk version of Jackson Pollock. The result is a series of beautiful, long-exposure photographs that capture the collective movement of the city of Tokyo in gestural brushes of artificial lights.

Sinichi Higashi‘s series Graffiti of Speed/Mirror Symmetry takes street art to the next level as he symmetrically mirrors long exposure photographs to capture a rapturous, spaced-out view of Tokyo’s urban cityscape. His view is a fast-paced, futuristic world where ghostly flashes of bright lights form translucent, abstract lines and shapes that hover through the hard concrete and metal of the city’s engineering and urban plan.


Higashi unconventionally merges various facets of collective, yet immersive art practices. His photographs look back at Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s magical, infinite environments of artificial lights and mirrors that explore obsession and repetition. Simultaneously, Higashi with the use of the slow shutter manages to hold the collective artistic expression of Tokyo's high-speed culture, rendering an abstract, gestural expression of society.

The series, in its complexities and details, finds the unique, hidden beauty of urban landscapes. Higashi connects the living with the fabricated and manufactured. The union of the two is a naturally occurring spectacle that through Higashi's lens reaches its ultimate appeal.

All images courtesy of Sinichi Higashi.

[via Fubiz]