Hideki Kuwajima makes stark contrast photos of Japan

In his new series titled Tone Scape, Kyoto-based photographer Hideki Kuwajima focuses on the silhouettes of buildings and natural landscapes around Kyoto and Osaka by creating starkly black and white compositions. He does this by adjusting his photos to create black and white tones that focuses the eye on the shapes produced by the horizon, buildings, and foliage.

Kuwajima uses a highly time-consuming analog process using two different types of film and creating duplicates of the negatives in order to adjust the color gradation of objects in the frame.

Hideki Kuwajima makes stark contrast photos of Japan

“I dismantle negatives of films which capture the fragmented images of those things, and I connect them together like searching for the images in the future,” Kuwajima says about the process. “The new images are created by distorting the time of the recorded images.” It must be the way these anachronistic photos were processed, but they feel like they were taken in a different time.”

Tone Scape is being shown at the YOD Gallery in Osaka through May 30, 2015.  [h/t spoon-tamago.com]

Hideki Kuwajima makes stark contrast photos of Japan