Tokyo Monogatari

Ilse Leenders Tokyo Monogatari

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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2020 BLACK & WHITE AWARD Deadline: 30 November 2020

Street photography, fashion, portrait, conceptual, landscape, documentary: regardless of genres, this month we want to celebrate all the beauty and wealth of black & white images and we encourage photographers working across all genres to share with us their best monochromatic work!⁠

Enter now and show us what you got!


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

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