Magnificent Mirror Symmetry Long Exposures of Nighttime Tokyo [Gallery]

With his project “Graffiti of Speed / Mirror Symmetry“, the Japanese photographer Shinichi Higashi offers beautiful images of Tokyo, by combining symmetry and long exposure with beautiful light trails.

  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi
  • Photo:  Shinichi HigashiPhoto: Shinichi Higashi

Tokyo one of the most technologically advanced capitals in the world. The city, that is always in movement.  The city, where life never stops. The city that runs at the speed of light.

Shinichi Higashi, Japan-based photographer saw the city with the unusual perspective.

While many photographers know how to take gorgeous long exposures, flickr user “sinkdd,” better known as Shinichi Higashi, does so differently: he takes a long exposure shot and then mirrors it, compositing it into one symmetrical masterpiece, too perfect to ever exist in reality.

He captured the city lights of Tokyo at nightfall. Shinichi took Tokyo on center stage in his photography.

The Japanese photographer captures the city’s brilliant beauty with his keen eye for the contrast of neon light with nightfall.

In his photographic series Tokyo Nocturnes, Higashi explores the concrete, metal and fiber of Tokyo with a slow shutter and creative editing techniques that yield futuristic, visually vibrant images.

The photos are night/dusk shots of various spots in Tokyo.

He makes these breathtaking images by taking a long exposure shot and editing it to create a mirror image that shows like a futuristic masterpiece.

While it’s not immediately clear that Higashi has flipped a photo and then merged it, after a few seconds, you start to notice the small details, like the exact placement of the buildings or the rushing cars.

The result is an image that looks like it is from an action-packed sci-fi movie.

Using a mirror to flip the photos, the line for where the flip and merge took place is hard to find. Once the eye focuses on the small details then it’s obvious.

The night shots provide use of the lights and the trails they convey with movement. Looking at the detail of the flip and how the photos merge is what makes this series so interesting.

Visit the places where Higashi captures his slow shutter art, and this kind of beauty will not appear to the naked eye.

The pictures depict modernist imagery that showcases the crowding and fast-paced nature of the contemporary Japanese capital.

Shinichi Higashi’s work is refreshing as it takes conventional cityscape photography to the next level by adding a symmetrical aspect which makes for a sci-fi Tokyo that is light years away.

While many photographers swear by a specific camera or brand, Higashi is a master of multiple cameras made by a variety of brands, including an Olympus E-520 and E-620, Sigma DP1s, and Nikon D90 and D7000.

Higashi’s work is a reminder of the old adage that you don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos, you just need to have creativity.

To see his full (and much more colorful) collection of mirrored Tokyo long exposures, head on over to his Flickr.

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