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Japan inverted: a photo manipulation experiment

Thursday, May 09, 2024

High contrast, negative black and white image of 2 tall tower blocks with smaller buildings and a river crossed by a bridge.

Picture Japan and what do you see? The bright, neon lights of a Tokyo street will likely feature there at some point. A cyberpunk fantasy. A country reduced to a tired trope.

These images are an inversion of the aesthetic. Photos taken in bright light, their skies turned dark and featureless, buildings rendered in harsh, negative black and white.

They take on an almost surreal quality. As if transitioning from a dream to a waking state. Details missed in sunlight or under the glare of neon are brought out into full relief. Others are hidden from view. People take on an other-worldliness as if they are resolving into this reality.

And we are caught with them.

A high contrast, negative black and white image of multiple high rise buildings seen on a street corner in Japan
A high contrast, black and white negative image of a mansion block in Japan
A high contrast, black and white inverted negative image of a wide boulevard in Japan
A high contrast, negative black and white photo of a random Japanese street

My name is Ross Hori

I'm a freelance writer, designer and photographer. By day I create articles, features and reports. At night I take photos and write fiction.

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