We wanted to show to the world the Tokyo that we saw. We wanted to relay a post-cyberpunk ambience in a subtly surreal version of the city. We nudged reality by an inch hoping to show people a unique way to experience Tokyo.
We spent 3 weeks exploring and breathing Tokyo. We met people, visited hidden places, searched for stories. We pretended to live there, we did ordinary things, and felt like a normal part of the city.
The Sony A7 proved to be a perfect lightweight companion - it allowed us to be very flexible. We often used median blending and took some 20 continuous shots of one specific frame and then blended those shots to kill all noise. This enabled us to shoot at night, without carrying bulky equipment, and do it very spontaneously, while still shooting high quality images.
The entire 128gb and 64gb cards were filled with months of work for us. Median blending of thousands of photographs took a while, but building the animated gifs and stills took even more.
What we had was a viral series shared and seen by millions in only a few months. The photographs have travelled around the world while thoroughly infested Imgur, Tumblr and other blogs. We’ve been told by a few people that they’ve actually booked a flight to Tokyo after seeing our project, and we couldn’t be happier.