Japan: Visual Overload in Retrospect

Design - Photo

The Project

After my first trip to Japan, I awaited eagerly for my film to develop. I had collected so many images of things that had caught my eye while exploring. I knew I wanted to create a photo essay mashing together some of these things that felt so new to me. Things like receipts, which are so familiar, but in this case so foreign; typography from vinyl sleeves at flea markets; movie titles from movies I had seen my entire life; characters that seemed like mid century American design, and much more. All of this captured with photos that I had shot of my personal experiences. The idea with this exercise was to encompass the visual stimulation that I felt in Tokyo. The newness, the unique sense of chaos while still sensical, all while rooted in tradition. So many things familiar, but so foreign to me personally.