Traveling to Jorge Sato's Toy Tokyo

June 24, 2015 10:08 AM

Manami Okazaki’s latest photography book, Toy Tokyo, turns a playful lens on Japan’s capital. Composed of 26 images and interviews, Okazaki’s book showcases striking images of Tokyo taken by toy cameras. Among the artists featured is Jorge Sato.  

Where some might see toy cameras as just that, childish toys that cannot be taken or used seriously, Sato sees it as a “new world to explore.” With a 35mm camera Sato captures bright, surreal images of Tokyo while also exploring the traditional aspects of the city. Sato’s images marry the fast paced atmosphere of Tokyo with the sereneness of nature. For Sato this complimentary contradiction is one of the most fascinating features of Tokyo: he states “Japan is the traditional and the modern side by side in harmony.” This makes the toy camerathe right tool as it also encapsulates this feeling. With technology advancing at rapid rates and cameras becoming more proficient at creating images to look perfect with no blurs, distortions, or roughness the toy camera stands as more than a nostalgic device, it becomes a refreshing alternative.  

Sato embraces the toy camera for its uniqueness and unpredictability saying “I really appreciate the concept of being free, experimental and creative where the technique was not the main goal.” Instead of nitpicking a Tokyo scene until it’s just as the photographer intends, Sato believes in the “beauty of randomness.” With the help of a toy camera, Sato creates fantastical images of Tokyo that give him the chance at “rebuilding the elements of the city and creating realities.” Just as travel photography resonates due to its focus on familiar and unfamiliar landscapes, so does the toy camera.

Enjoy the images above, and check out more of Jorge Sato's work here.

 
 

WRITTEN BY: EMILY DOOLEY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JORGE SATO

WEBSITE: Jorge Sato | www.jorgesato.com 

 

 

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