“‘Tokyo Radiant’ is a series of photos shot in Tokyo in 2012 and 2013, using a digital camera modified to capture infrared light. While portraying the Japanese capital in a street photography style, it also seeks to convey the particular atmosphere I encountered when moving back there.

I had lived and worked in Japan between 2004 and 2007, so when returning to Tokyo for a job in 2012 I immediately felt a change in behavior, in the attitude that had taken place. Gone was the optimism that always had kept the country on course, even in the face of natural disasters that frequently strike the archipelago. Fear and uncertainty had spread, putting the nation in a sort of zombie mode where everyone kept on with his daily life without knowing what tomorrow would bring. My initial impression was confirmed in talks with friends and strangers. Explaining everything with the tragic events in 2011, where the Great Eastern Earthquake with its tsunami and the subsequent nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant had shaken the country, would probably mean to oversimplify, but the catastrophe had sure taken its toll on Japan, making it less light-hearted than it used to be.”

Tokyo Radiant by Philipp Zechner (1/4)

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