Stills V3

January 12, 2009

Some Lines

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 08:35

Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.



  1. Arghh, pattern overload!

    Comment by matt — January 12, 2009 @ 13:35

  2. Matt got there first.

    Visual overload rescued by the alhambra doorway halfway up the wall.

    (and I don’t mean “a city in southwestern California, northeast of Los Angeles; pop. 82,106.” which the dictionary on the Mac gives as the only place with that name)

    Comment by Colin — January 12, 2009 @ 16:47

  3. The technical side of me first thought that this must have been difficult to scale down well avoiding moire. I would guess that all the patterning is less obnoxious at a larger size — but it could be the opposite!

    It is kind of fun though to try to get past all the lines to see the structure and details — which seem very well arranged. And Colin is right about that doorway.

    Comment by Christina — January 12, 2009 @ 17:44

  4. I love it. Geometric forms but presented slightly asymmetrically. The tonal gradient lets it flow and the little details break up the monotony, not just the doorway (balcony?) – the lamp is also a good anchor.

    Comment by doonster — January 13, 2009 @ 10:43

  5. Now that I’ve recovered from the pattern overload, I can move on to say that I think this works quite well. The doorway provides a bit of escape, as does the security camera. What is this place?

    Comment by matt — January 13, 2009 @ 13:41

  6. I love these sorts of structural shots. Crazy pattern frenzy, perhaps sketched in hard black pencil.

    I feel I have to share this portrait of my wife, along similar lines (sic)


    Comment by Gordon — January 13, 2009 @ 17:01

  7. Matt – It is the back of here:

    Comment by akikana — January 13, 2009 @ 22:47

  8. As usual, my comment is mostly about my visceral experience from viewing. Just to experiment I tried “moving” side to side and found it difficult. On the other hand once I started up, I simply flew to the top and back down again. That surprised me. I must admit that at first I simply fled, thinking that I couldn’t possibly deal with all those lines. But, of course, my curiousity brought me back and once I let go, I enjoyed the exploration. What a sight it must be to view standing there.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — January 14, 2009 @ 03:33

  9. The Alhambra analogy cannot be escaped.

    The photo is very good but I find the subject matter disturbing – are the Japanese junking their past and/or do they not have architects capable of thinking outside the derivative box? To think that this is an entertainment complex, whereas it owes its form to the design of a religious building, is to wonder whether a Brit was allowed in!

    Architecturally, I find little to redeem it but the photo does an excellent job of showing that!

    Comment by John Ellis — January 14, 2009 @ 07:53

  10. Gordon – if Akikana doesn’t object to the digression, I note two ‘awesomes’ in four comments!!

    Comment by John Ellis — January 14, 2009 @ 19:33

  11. My first thought on seeing this was, that’s a very big empty pool.

    It is an exceptional collection of patterns. I seem to be tolerant of this excess and have no trouble looking at it.

    Comment by Rex — January 16, 2009 @ 21:16

  12. I walk past things and think of Stills…I’m working on a ‘juxtaposition’ for posting in a couple of weeks. Bunkamura is a concrete sprawl but every so often it does house some worthwhile exhibitions. We’ll be taking in the Picasso shortly and previously we’ve seen an excellent Mondrian show there. Not sure when they put this up but there was a glorious (and still continuing) trend in Tokyo of concreting and tiling everything in site so sometimes you do get rather pleasing configurations such as those that adorn Bunkamura. I agree that the addition of the window and lights help break it up and were conciuosly included as such. The steps do actually lead somewhere and I do find it all rather calming after a while… Thanks for the feedback.

    Comment by akikana — January 19, 2009 @ 07:50

  13. The patterns could be overwhelming but I am enjoying them. This corner could be a lens testers delight.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 19, 2009 @ 10:14

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