Australian photographer Nicholas Prideaux took these photos of all-things-Japan while he lived in Tokyo for 5 years. These brilliantly colored film images are about the quiet moments of his time spent in a metropolis culturally so different. To know more about Nick and his work, we asked him to tell us about himself and here he goes:
My relationship with photography: I studied screen-writing and film making when I was in university and I started to grow frustrated with writing and the lengthy process of making short films, so I became more interested in photography due to its immediacy. I had been shooting digital up until about 1 year ago, and then made the switch to film photography completely. Photography has always been part of my life in some way or another, but I’ve really become obsessed with it only in the last 12 months or so. It’s the best kind of obsession though.
My artist statement and approaches to shooting: I approach photography with a very ‘less is more’ philosophy. I shoot most of my photos with one type of camera and one type of film (Contax T2 and Kodak Porta 400). I’m very much a minimalist – both in my life and in my photography. I like to subtract things when I take photos, and I really try to frame everything as simply as possible. Simplicity, above all else.
My photo projects: My body of work so far has been mostly produced while I was living in Tokyo – I actually just relocated to Bangkok after about 5 years in Japan. So really this series is just a document of my time there, a kind of time capsule of my life.
My influences and favorite stuff: At the moment, I adore Daniel Arnold’s street photography – he has an unbelievable knack to capturing a scene. Lina Scheynius is a photographer who I look up to – her photos are always exceptionally lovely. Outside of photography, I love the films of Wong Kar Wai and Hou Hsiao-Hsien.