Neglected Tractor in Rural Italy

April 21, 2015

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I was just digging through negatives from my trip to Italy in the summer of 2013, and I found these photos of an abandoned tractor I stumbled upon, on the roadside in Tuscany while making my way to photograph an abandoned airplane factory. Aside from a few spots of rust and an intricate layer of cobwebs over the drivers seat, the tractor was in reasonably good condition, so I’m not even 100% sure it was abandoned, although it was sat on a very abandoned looking property in the middle of nowhere. The combination of rusting reds and the mountainous backdrop have got me feeling nostalgic for summers spent in rural Italy.

町に戻る

April 13, 2015

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The second part of a series I shot with Japanese singer/songwriter Mana Hardcore last year in the town of Ome, near Tokyo. Click link for more images…

KONBINI monthly haikyo feature – House of Mr.H

April 09, 2015

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KONBINI Magazine monthly haikyo feature: This months featured story is about the abandoned mansion of Japanese politician and social activist Mr H. Click the link to see what I discovered in his former house, abandoned for almost half a century…

DBS presents SPRING FUNKY BASS with SWINDLE and ROSKA

March 24, 2015

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Both Swindle and Roska were in town for the first DBS event of the year, Spring Funky Bass, at Daikanyama Unit in Tokyo. With support from Part2Style, DJ RS and Hyper Juice the place was bumping to the not-so-early hours the next day. Check the photos here…

Patriq ‘Time Off’ Cover Art Polaroids

March 19, 2015

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I met up with Patriq last week to shoot some photos for the art work of his new album ‘Time Off’. I decided to use my Polaroid 635 loaded with Impossible film for this shoot. Here are some of the scanned images we shot in raw form, design work etc is yet to be finalized…

Tokyo Camera Style – The Book

March 03, 2015

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John Sypal of Tokyo Camera Style just released a book with Thames & Hudson. The book features selected images from his popular website Tokyo Camera Style, of cameras spotted in and around Tokyo. I picked up a copy the other day in town and was pleasantly surprised to see my Nikon FE2 in there with my Speed Light SB15 mounted on top. If you haven’t already checked his website out, take a look here, it also features information on local (to Tokyo) exhibitions, talks and photography related shops!

KONBINI monthly haikyo feature – Nichitsu

February 23, 2015

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London/Paris based magazine KONBINI are running a monthly feature based on my haikyo photo projects. The first one was last month, the story of Waterdown Elementary School. This month they decided to run with my first ever haikyo exploration, the abandoned mining town of Nichitsu. Check it out here…

Now on Tumblr @benjaminbeech

February 18, 2015

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I recently started a Tumblr page, as @benjaminbeech, which you can see here. I will use this page for personal work shot just on film. Once I have been through my back catalogue of negatives and posted the ones I like best I will start adding new work too. Please check it out, and feel free to follow! Thanks.

Western Village

February 09, 2015

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Western Village or Western Mura (ウェスタン村) in Japanese was an American West themed amusement park built in the mountainous prefecture of Tochigi, a couple of hours drive north of Tokyo in the early 1970s. Due to a lack of customers it closed its doors to the public in 2006 and has been sat decaying ever since, I went to check it out recently…

New Monthly Feature with KONBINI Magazine – Waterdown ES

January 26, 2015

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ハイキョライフ - London/Paris based magazine KONBINI are running a monthly feature based on my haikyo photo projects starting this month, you can check the first one out here. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for new stories each month…

Waterdown Elementary School

January 02, 2015

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Waterdown Elementary School was built on the top of a small mountain in a remote village just below the Japanese Southern Apls in 1879. The school was eventually abandoned in 1970. Since then the mountain has suffered from a landslide making access almost impossible, check out my adventure to see what was left of the school here…

DBS 18th Anniversary Metalheadz History Sessions

December 24, 2014

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DBS Tokyo celebrated their eighteenth anniversary over the weekend with a special Metalheadz History Sessions event at Unit in Daikanyama. Headlining the bill was of course Goldie who played a monster back to back set with Doc Scott. With support on the main stage from Makoto (Human Elemants), Tendai (Swerve), MC Cardz and MC Lucid. Photos here…

In Praise of Shadows 陰翳礼讃

December 10, 2014

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Darkness causes us no discontent, we resign ourselves to it as inevitable. If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty. Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.

Junichiro Tanizaki - In Praise of Shadows discusses Japanese aesthetics in their various dimensions – from architectural design to the presentation of food, from ideals of beauty to the use of colour – by contrasting them with Western thought. It is Tanizaki’s view that Japan differs from the West in the distinct relationship it establishes with light and shadow.

Having read In Praise of Shadows recently for the third time, I set out to explore the use of light, shadow and colour in traditionally designed buildings around Tokyo and Kyoto during autumn, a time when both light and colour are rich in abundance…

Abandoned Power Plant in Tea Country

December 03, 2014

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 In a part of Japan famous for its green tea and green mountains sits a large concrete power plant that was built in 1931, and abandoned in 1959. The power plant is surrounded by neat rows of farmed tea thick forest, with a river separating it from the nearest road. On a recent road trip in the area I tried to get inside, and heres what I found…

Northwest Elementary School

November 26, 2014

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Northwest Elementary School sits quietly behind an active shrine in a rural suburb of one of Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures. I went to see what was left of the school almost half a century after it closed. Come and take a look at what was inside…