Slow That Roll: “Tokyo Slo-Mode”
September 19, 2011
Using an array of filters, tilt-shifts, and time-lapses, Alex Lee crafts a stunning visual tribute to Japan’s capital. The schizophrenia of his method conveys the disorienting shifts and delays of urban life, particularly, oppressively dense urban life, here registered by interludes of slow-motion grace before being rapidly spun into a dizzying whirl. Lee captures the city’s dayglo interiors which act as a collagen binding together Tokyo’s various urban environments–from massive urban corridors of sleep-deprived transit stations, to the intimate enclaves of subterranean, neon-tinged arcades. Everything is in motion, and Lee’s breakneck turns highlight those fragile moments which ever evade us.