Even though I prefer to shoot black and white street photography in Japan given the country’s abundance of topographical wonders, I wanted to mix things up a bit and try shooting with color. I juxtaposed street-based scenarios using double exposure coupled with high contrast color, which eventually came together as a photo series that aims to present the duality of chaos and tidiness. The photographs evoke a feeling of amazement on the part of the viewer, akin to how I felt while I was roaming the country’s prefectures.

Middle Class Working Orchestra was shot with an iPhone 6 during my Japan trip in 2015. Deeply inspired by the Japanese’s functional simplicity and natural sense of beauty, and the rather harmonized incongruities that one may encounter there, each shot represents the imperfectly beautiful “wabi-sabi” story I lived through, saw, and imagined. Humans, I realized, face a plethora of strong and fascinating contrasts in their everyday lives.

© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’
© Daniele Martire (Italy / Japan), from ‘Middle-Class Working Orchestra’

Daniele Martire (b. Milan, 1985) is a full-time project manager who loves design and experiments with photography on the side. He started documenting concerts with a film camera, and delves into digital nowadays as well. As an introspective person, he uses photography as an intimate tool to remember faces and places and to express his feelings and visions.

He began street photography in Japan, depicting daily life in double exposures. To him, street photography is all about feeling the city, its sounds, scents and lights – the boundaries in between observing and living in the city.

More from Daniele Martire: Flickr, Instagram


 

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