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Tokyo on the walls

This is what you get when you wander along the streets of Tokyo.

Even though Tokyo doesn’t have back lanes to explore like in Sydney, its street scapes isn’t less interesting. For some reasons, I found it more similar to Bangkok. The precisions were apparent but there were also some clutters and wits.

I could explore more but it turned out my focus was shifted to something more specific. That shall be discussed on the next post.

Browsing Yaowarat

Yaowarat (เยาวราช), referred by locals as Chinatown, was the only place I wanted to shoot some photos this time in Bangkok. The subject has been in my interest for a while and I didn’t even scratch its surface.

Of course, there were food, lots of street food and also people. Some stalls had a long line to get their services. But I was more interested in shophouse facades, one of the features that characterised cities in Thailand. Also, small alleys drawn me into them to explore deeper in the environment and its people.

Going up

It will be more interesting how a new subway station would affect this urban area.

My Sydney Hidden Beauty

Some of my big inspirations in Sydney might be in oblivion to many. They are texture in the back lanes and abandoned stuff on the streets.

The moment I got out to get my first craving food,  a couch and a mattress were sitting on a street corner like old friends, waiting to welcome me back.

These materials were actually pivotal for my creative works. They transitioned me from photography into making videos. It started from a short film about abandoned chairs, then ambient videos on a red sofa. When I got into COFA, broken TVs were used for a looped video assignment. And it concluded with video installation about torn mattresses.

No one would care how they got there or how they would end but they were so intriguing to me that I needed to exercise my imagination to tell their stories. Having explored them again reminded me how beauty could be discovered from discarded lives on the streets.

On another aspect, I was thinking of doing urban landscape comparison between my old photography and the latest visit. But there was no concrete plan for it and I enjoyed drifting in the streets and back lanes. However, I got a chance to do only one properly.

Corrode: Scratch (2004)
Corrode: Scratch (2004)

Corrode: Scratch (2016)
Corrode: Scratch – Twelve years later

A Dose of the Tunnel Intake

Light in the Tunnel

Texture from Both Ways

Paint Layers

Will Coles' Street Art

My creative time in Sydney was always around Newtown area. And this particular tunnel intrigued me the most and always got me something whether I walked through, or took time to examine it, or used it as a shooting location.

There’s a long history for me with it at least since 2002. It is a must for me to get there and drown myself in it.

The tunnel, one of my favourite spots in #Sydney #Newtown

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The tunnel as a film location #Newtown #Sydney Not just me who likes this spot

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Previous works on the tunnel

Exist Promo Teaser (2010)

Broken Jesus
Torn Faith (2010)

Run Away (2006)

Twilight Underneath (2004)
Twilight Underneath (2004)

Deserting (2003)
Deserting (2003)

Tunnel of Love (2002)
Tunnel of Love (2002)