Parallel World
Jan Vranovský
Japan and East Asia
Photography is a double-edged sword that can show us crude reality or a distorted version thereof. It all depends on the intentions of the one behind the camera, and on how the subject is framed

The Czech architect and designer Jan Vranovský embarked on a photo project while studying architecture at the University of Tokyo in 2014. He was trying to understand the city’s urban context from the angle of emerging systems when his efforts deviated towards a deeper inquiry into the relationship between architecture, urban design, communication, and visual perception. Right now the objective of the study is to delve into the incessant transformation of the contemporary urban space of Japan’s main cities, and from a point of view that is at once cultural, social, economic, and technological. Some images show the complex interstitial spaces of an architecture as dense as Japan’s, others the solitude of an object affected by the depopulation suffered by some Southeast Asian cities. All are fodder for an open debate on the processes that define the life of buildings in the world’s great metropolises.

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Parallel World offers a foundation of graphic documentation upon which we can make our own conclusions and compare the different images that the world we live in gives us.

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