29
Nov
10

Xavier Comas : ‘Tokyo Up, Down’ (Photography)

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

Xavier Comas
‘Tokyo Up, Down’
Photography Series

“As urban environments are increasingly dependent on the efficient use of space, high-rise structures have become the solution to overpopulation issues. Elevators enabled the development of many-storied buildings and fundamentally altered urban landscapes and social space. Tokyo epitomizes the densely populated megalopolis, where elevators are a showcase for the basic paradox of personal alienation in urban living: the inescapable physical proximity countered by emotional distance.

The Tokyo Up, Down project comprises a series of black & white photographs taken inside and outside of elevators in Tokyo. The project explores vertical transportation in the intimacy of the elevator cabin, a moment of silence suspended in space and time, which nonetheless yields a rich array of subtle interactions between strangers on the shortest ever journey.

Elevators are part of the post-industrial emergence of transitional spaces within the complex urban fabric. Tokyo Up, Down is a visual essay that tries to show the elevator space as a transit hub that connects the surface of the megalopolis with the layers underneath. From random high-speed day-trips in skyscrapers of Nishi-Shinjuku business district to the seedy rides in the late-night buildings of Kabukicho’s red light district, both sides coexist in a relationship of interdependence.” – Xavier Comas

Xavier Comas : Website

Xavier Comas : Lens Culture

Xavier Comas : ‘Pasajero’ – Photographic Essay

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2 Responses to “Xavier Comas : ‘Tokyo Up, Down’ (Photography)”


  1. November 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I love how the light is captured on these images, each one has so much to tell in such a complex lyrical way. superb urban ‘photo poetry’!

  2. October 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love his work too, very cinematic !!


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