Four Prefectures of Japan

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In Japan, urban and non-urban areas co-exist in carefully framed dioramas of infrastructure and tradition. Photographed nearly 10 years ago, this is a travelogue of beautiful intrigue.

I made two trips to Japan in 2010, aiming to establish my credentials as a travel photographer. The images I shot on those trips have been buried away as I inevitably prioritized more recent work.

with the aim to re evaluate my work, I have created a new series from this work:

In Japan, urban and non-urban areas co-exist in carefully framed dioramas of infrastructure and tradition. Photographed nearly 10 years ago, this is a travelogue of beautiful intrigue.

Taken from two trips to Japan in 2010, the series is presented in grainy, almost earthly aesthetic, a dream. Created to juxtapose an ancient whilst at the same time forward-looking culture of big ideas.

Mie Prefecture sites some the holiest shrines of Japan’s Shinto faith: Nara Prefecture, with its lush landscapes and wild deer roaming free through its urban areas; Osaka Prefecture, which is one of two urban prefectures together with the capital Ōsaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan; and Kyoto Prefecture which is perhaps the most well-known but still full of surprises.

I will be sharing many more of these on my Instagram : @PhilHillPhoto & #PhilPhotographs

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  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill
  • Photography of Japan by Phil Hill