Have a look at these wonderful analogue photographs by Japan’s Akira Asakura!
Ever since reading Haruki Murakami’s After Dark some years back, I’ve become interested in shooting photographs (maybe even make a short film set at this particular time, too) late at night around the city. A recent attempt just last weekend was unsuccessful, mostly because I was already tired and unable to carry on walking around The Fort in Taguig City any longer than half past midnight. Until I finally do, I’ll just content myself by looking at photographs of night scenes by other photographers. Just like these ones by Okinawa-based film photographer Akira Asakura.
In his website Akira says that he prefers taking and looking at night photographs. “Dead space talks a lot, the color changes in a strange way,” he says. “I also like to be somewhere outside watching things while others are sleeping.” Aside from urban night scenes, Akira also takes seascape photos
Akira sees the night as “a time for imagining, reflecting, encountering, and loitering.” It appears that wandering around at night is more than a hobby for him, as he also states, “If all cameras were to disappear from the Earth, I would do the same thing: just go out at night, go for an aimless drive, loiter around listening to the city breathe and sleep, watch things.”
Akira’s works have already been put up on exhibits in Kobe and Sendai. In Spring this year, his work will be put up in the Unlimited Grain Gallery in The Netherlands. More, his photographs have graced the pages of publications such as Here Comes the Night, Unlimited Grain, Open Skies, and Interkulturalnost.
Related article: Japanese Ghost Town Snapped in Film by Riccardo Parenti.