Stills of places in Japan and East Asia existing somehow parallel to reality of the rest of the world. Photos by Jan Vranovský, architect, designer and photographer.
Photography of man-made, synthetic and thus culturally significant environments, heavily focused on architecture and urban areas of Japan and East Asia. More specifically, focus of this photoblog lays in capturing cultural patterns unwittingly occurring in mundane, often neglected or less known urban areas, no-name, local or vernacular architecture and customs, in search for the “lowest common denominator” of architectural and behavioural Japanese-ness. I’m greatly concerned about role of cultural memory and identity in form-generative and organisational processes in the city. I’m interested in capturing aesthetics that are usual by-product of such processes.
Jan Vranovský, born 1986 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). Studied Japanese studies in Prague, Czech Republic; Architecture in Liberec, Czech Republic (undergrad); and currently Architecture and Urban Design in Tokyo, Japan (graduate). Specialised in graphic design, typography, architecture and photography.