Tokyo is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Its dwellers, in general, are shrouded with loneliness, perhaps coming from the rigid approach to work, the general order of things, or the ‘coldness’ yielded by a highly industrialized and neatly structured society where emotions are buried by obligations. Even when surrounded with people, including friends and peers, this feeling of isolation prevails, thus many opt to be alone or languish in a secluded state even when they are not alone.

I intended to highlight the loneliness that looms over the world’s most populous metropolitan area. In presenting expansive spaces, my subjects’ non-committal approach to their surroundings are underscored, similar to the way they go through the rounds of their everyday routines. They are too preoccupied with internal dilemmas or pinned down by the feeling of emptiness upon realizing the futility of going against society’s standards. As such, I’m articulating the feeling of loneliness through my simple compositions.

In Quiet Tokyo, the images are analogous to the emotions and internal dilemmas carried by many of Tokyo’s urban dwellers. I play the role of an observer or bystander, empathizing with the daily plight of these individuals. Applying a geometric-minimalist perspective, the vast space signifies loneliness and the various terrain or textures are indicative of the mental turmoil that each subject is purported to engage in. Loneliness is a prison no matter how beautiful, poetic, or enticing it is.

© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’
© Hiroharu Matsumoto (Japan), from ‘Quiet Tokyo’

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