Tokyo Monogatari

Tokyo Monogatari A photography project by Ilse Leenders

Using the streets of Tokyo to create visual synthesis of traditional Japanese cultural aspects.

“Tokyo Monogatari is a personal project inspired by the typical aspects of the daily contemporary life, and the traditional cultural heritage of Tokyo.

The atmosphere of the city is visualised by the synthesis of these different elements. The series expresses the habitual rituals of the citizens of Tokyo nowadays, and the exaggeration of bodily shapes drawn in the ancient manga of Hokusai.

These are shown in the movements of the performers in Noh – and Kabuki theatre, but also the ‘hidden’ puppeteers of Bunraku, in a photographic manner.” – Ilse Leenders

– Based in the Netherlands, photographer Ilse Leenders interferes in land- or cityscapes and uses the artificial nature as a ‘stage’ to create theatre-like modern story.

Monthly Photo Contest

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2021 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 30 September 2021

"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson

Extended Deadline: One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.

From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!⁠


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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