東京のまつり

September 16, 2014

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まつり(Matsuri) are native Japanese festivals of sacred Shinto origin. A matsuri symbolizes a community’s unity with itself and with its Shinto gods. Sometimes large and boisterous, sometimes small and solemn, sometimes adhering strongly to tradition, sometimes watered down by modern commercialism, matsuri are rooted in the lives of the Japanese.

東京のまつり(Tokyo no matsuri) is a work in progress comprising of images shot at various festivals over the past 2-3 years around the Tokyo metropolis. All images were shot on 35mm film, check them out…

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of August (365xInstagram)

September 01, 2014

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Here are 31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of August 2014. These are my favourite Instagram snaps from the past month, all taken with an iPhone. I spent the month of August in three different countries, England, France and Japan – so this collection of shots is quite varied in its content and feel. This month also marks the end of this project, shooting 365 Instagram photos, one for each day of a year. You can look back through the complete project using the link in the menu to the right of the homepage.

If you enjoy looking at these images, feel free to leave a comment and/or share using the social media buttons.

Finally, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/benjaminbeech for many other images that don’t make it onto this site!

Thanks!

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of July (365xInstagram)

August 18, 2014

news_instagram_365_july_2014LATE POST! 31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of July 2014. These are my favorite iPhone photographs from last month.

London Elektricity/Etherwood/Harajuku/Shibuya

July 25, 2014

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Hanging out with London Elektricity and Etherwood on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya on a lazy summer afternoon. We made some photos together, check them out here…

DBS Presents London Elektricity and Etherwood

July 16, 2014

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Last Saturday saw London Elektricity return to Daikanyama Unit to headline DBS alongside Hospital/Med School artist Etherwood. London Elektricity is no stranger to Tokyo and his loyal fan base were out in force to show support, this was however Etherwoods first time in Tokyo and he didn’t disappoint. With support from DJ Miyu and Tetsuji Tanaka it was guaranteed to be a big night. Check the photos out here…

In the street with Qocoa

July 15, 2014

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Recently Japanese pop act Qocoa contacted me about doing some shots for upcoming promotional material and then eventually a debut album. We had two photo sessions together, the first was in the studio, the second was on the streets of Koenji (Tokyo). Here is a limited selection of the photographs we made together on the streets. Studio photos below.

Hair/make up and styling by Moeka Kanehara.

In the studio with Qocoa

July 09, 2014

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Recently Japanese pop act Qocoa contacted me about doing some shots for upcoming promotional material and then eventually a debut album. We had two photo sessions together, the first was in the studio, the second was on the streets of Koenji. Here is a limited selection of the photographs we made together in the studio. Street photos to follow.

Hair/make up and styling by Moeka Kanehara.

30 Instagram pictures, one for each day of June (365xInstagram)

July 07, 2014

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30 Instagram pictures, one for each day of June 2014. These are my favorite iPhone photographs from last month.

Interview with Konbini

June 30, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago online creative magazine Konbini contacted me for a short interview about my photography. The feature includes some of my  street shooting, parts of my 365xInstagram project and then finally focuses on a couple of my recent haikyo trips. Check it out here…

Hangover 7th Anniversary at R Lounge, Tokyo

June 16, 2014

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Last Saturday Tokyo Drum N Bass event ‘Hangover’ celebrated their seventh birthday at R-Lounge in Shibuya. DJ Rregula (Zombie Cats) flew in from Australia to headline the night with support from Venom (Insomniac), Shintaro (Urban Nature) and Hangover residents Ken, Shige and Satoshi. MC Shine (Ouka) was on mic duties and there was also live painting from ‘The Spilt Ink’. Check out some of the photos I shot here…

Vacanze Itialiane 2 (Roma) – First Selection

June 11, 2014

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Almost a year ago I designed and compiled my first zine made up of images shot in and around Florence, Italy. Shortly after publishing that I went back to Italy to shoot images for parts 2 and 3 in Rome and Venice respectively. After sitting on the new images for almost a year I have finally made a first edit for part 2. Check out the images here…

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of May (365xInstagram)

June 02, 2014

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31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of May 2014. These are my favorite iPhone photographs from last month.

Kejonuma Leisure Land

May 28, 2014

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At the beginning of the month I explored my first abandoned theme park, Kejonuma Leisure Land in Tohoku. The park last opened its doors to the public in the year 2000, and has been sat slowly decaying ever since. See what is left of the park here…

Taro Mine

May 20, 2014

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Last week I posted about my recent trip to Tohoku, and the abandoned apartments we checked out at Matsuo mine (see below). Another derelict mine we visited during that trip was the infamous Taro mine, also in Tohoku but some 200 kilometers away. Come and see what we found inside this place…

Matsuo Mine and Apartments

May 12, 2014

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Nestled deep in the mountains of Tohoku, in Northern Japan sit the skeletal remains of eleven concrete apartment blocks that were constructed to house local miners and their families. The mine closed in 1969 and these apartment blocks have been sat derelict ever since. Last week I stepped inside each of these blocks to see what remained, come and take look at what I found…