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12 Feb 20:58

Blade Runner-style photographs capture Tokyo's infrastructure

by Gunseli Yalcinkaya

Australian photographer Tom Blachford waited until night to capture these neon-tinted photographs of Tokyo's metabolist buildings, which he says could have been built in a "distant future".

For his latest series, Blachford was influenced by the futuristic appearance of the country's post-war modernist architectural movement, metabolism – pioneered by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect is largely recognised as the founder of the Japanese Metabolism movement, which came about in the 1960s following a period of economic recovery. Tange died in 2005, but his practice Tange Associates continues to operate.

Each of Blanchford's images features moody, neon-lit backdrops in a reference to film noir, particularly the 1982 sci-fi fantasy movie Blade Runner.

Similar to his Midnight Modern series, which depicts mid-century houses in Palm Springs, Nihon Noir is photographed at night and without the presence of people. This was intended to evoke a sense of mystery.

To create images that look like they could have been taken in a future "cyberpunk metropolis", Blachford selected metabolist buildings for their industrial, megastructure appearance.

"My goal for the series was to communicate the feeling that struck me the first time I visited Tokyo, that somehow you have been transported to this advanced and amazing parallel universe," said Blachford.

"I selected a core list of buildings that embodied the Metabolist philosophy which attempted to combine the creation of brutalist megastructures with the principles of organic growth," he continued.

Among them are the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center and the Fuji TV headquarters, both designed by Tange. Tighter shots of 1990s street vistas also feature in the series.

The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center – completed in the late 1950s – includes a narrow cylindrical core with protruding glass modular office units, while the Fuji TV headquarters – completed in 1996 – features two main tower blocks connected by three pedestrian bridges.

Blanchford also captured Kisho Kurokawa's Nagakin Capsule, which is composed of 140 prefabricated capsules. Scattered multicoloured lights from the inside apartments illuminate the photograph, along with the stark glow of white street lights.

"Though these buildings are from the past, they appear as if they have appeared from the distant future.  My intention is for the viewer to ask not 'where' they were taken but 'when'," said the photographer.

Blachford spent six consecutive nights taking photographs of buildings in the Japanese capital between 9pm to 5am, experimenting with a range of vantage points, including a rooftop, stairwell and a road workers crane lift.

"Each building required hours of exploration to find the perfect vantage point whether it be from a rooftop, stairwell or road workers crane lift I commandeered to capture the Nagakin from an otherwise impossible perspective," he explained.

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14 May 14:03

swooshmami: huffingtonpost: California cops are pulling people...


надо нашим гаишникам выдать мороженое



California cops are pulling people over See all the surprised reactions here.

The only time they’ll pull over white people 

29 Apr 00:55

Free Speech

I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
02 Feb 02:39




01 Feb 22:08

templetonthecorgi: The idea is to put Templeton in the cart so...


The idea is to put Templeton in the cart so I won’t buy so many plants…apparently I found a way around that.

He loves trips to Home Depot, I think he likes the height of the cart. :P

14 Jul 09:54


14 Jul 08:00

herochan: Adventure Time Mash Ups Illustrations by Mike...


Adventure Time Mash Ups

Illustrations by Mike Vasquez & Joe Hogan

12 Jul 08:21



это я смотрю на сладкое

12 Jul 08:21


05 Jul 11:55

alilnugget: this is one of the best things i’ve seen on tumblr...


this is one of the best things i’ve seen on tumblr :)

25 Jun 20:34


23 Jun 07:21


Бесконечная серия поцелуев в клипе британской команды CITIZENS.
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18 Jun 01:37

gaminginyourunderwear: fuckyeahhardfemme: Kevin Wada’s art is...



Kevin Wada’s art is too much

14 Jun 15:45

fuck yeah dementia!!1!

by awallofbooks

это банкомат съел мои деньги

14 Jun 14:59

Red Bull Hand Crafted

by bingo

а это я в бибике сегодня

14 Jun 11:01

aconversationoncool: Oh Kate. 


Oh Kate. 

13 Jun 08:07




10 Jun 22:46

Dwarf Fortress



I may be the kind of person who wastes a year implementing a Turing-complete computer in Dwarf Fortress, but that makes you the kind of person who wastes ten more getting that computer to run Minecraft.
10 Jun 05:13


by calpol
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08 Jun 01:03

Best of Kickstarter: Musguard

by Jeff

Юрий из Любляны молодец

Best of Kickstarter: MUSGUARD
Musguard is the brainchild of Jurij Lozić, a designer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s a simple, removable fender, and you can roll it onto your bike frame to store it. Watch the video to get a better idea, by the time I got to the end I wanted to be buds with Jurij. He’s even giving away the bike in the video as one of the rewards!

Check out the video below!

View the whole post: Best of Kickstarter: Musguard over on BOOOOOOOM!.

27 May 12:36

My Cannes Tapis Rouge

by Gala Gonzalez

это я ждал Димасика, а он не приехал

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Attending Cannes Film Festival has been one of the most exciting moments of my life. It wasn't the first time to step on a red carpet like this as last august-september I also attended Venice film festival, and we had so much fun! My host this time was Dior, which now is almost like my second family. I had an amazing time with the whole team and we of course had so much fun that it cannot be even described! I had the pleasure to attend to one of the most important premiers Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest Cohen Brothers movie. And imagine my face when I was waiting my turn to walk the Tapis Rouge standing right next to Steven Spielberg. For the occasion I chose a Dior smoking inspired dress with matching shoes and bag, as I normally don't wear heavy make up this was the perfect time to go for an intense one, made of course by the super talented Dior make up artist at the Majestic Hotel suit. (but you'll have to wait to see the whole article about my make up for the night!!). Thank you to everyone who made it possible and for all the fun we had!
Caminar sobre la alfombra roja del Festival de Cine de Cannes es sin duda una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida. No es la primera vez que lo hago delante de una avalancha de fotografos en un festival de cine (Recordar mi experiencia en Venecia), pero siempre se tiene la misma ilusion y los mismos miedos/nervios antes de entrar. Es todo un subidon de adrenalina! Esta vez mi invitacion al festival vino por parte de Dior, ( que es ya casi como una familia para mi) y que durante mi estancia me ha tratado como a una princesa. (Os contare paso a paso como ha sido mi maquillaje muy pronto). Para pisar el Tapis Rouge de la premier de Inside  Llewyn Davis, de los hermanos Cohen (y una de las peliculas mas importantes del festival) elegi un vestido smoking en negro con zapatos y bolso de Dior. Muchas gracias a todo el equipo de  Dior y a los que hicisteis de este dia uno para no olvidar jamas!
27 May 12:35

when a new fashion mall is opening (and has a shark pool)


Димасик приезжает в фазенду

25 May 19:37

turnoverchange: Bring on the seersucker! Your Style -...

by you-see-the-world

чатик, чтоб вы понимали, я полчаса завязывал бабочку, в честь приезда Димасика

25 May 07:41


24 May 21:55

when you hear that Fazenda Bar is closing



24 May 07:40

what you actually think when talking to your landlady


23 May 16:34

how do you feel at Xlib Club on Friday night



22 May 12:40

Every thing existing on the physical plane is an exteriorization of thought, which must be balanced through the one who issued the thought, and in accordance with that one’s responsibility, at the conjunction of time, condition, and place

by but does it float
Photography by Akos Major Title: Harold W. Percival Atley