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Tokyo Cityscapes Captured Through A Magnifying Glass

Tokyo Cityscapes Captured Through A Magnifying Glass - Japanese photographer Takashi Kitajima captures cityscapes of Tokyo but thanks to a magnifying glass, they aren't anything like the normal cityscape you'll be used to seeing.

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Interchangeable Lenses

Tokyo at night

© Takashi Kitajima


As well as a camera, Japanese photographer Takashi Kitajima takes another item out with him when capturing Tokyo cityscapes and that's a magnifying glass.

Takashi uses the magnifying glass to bring part of the cityscape into sharp focus while the background of the composition is all about out of focus city lights, colour and familiar shapes. The combination of the sharp with the diffused is juxtaposed beautifully to create a fascinating series of unique abstracts.



© Takashi Kitajima


The series is titled 'Glassporthole' and we can understand why Takashi chose this title as the small sharp, miniaturised view on the world the magnifying glass captures really is a porthole that locks the viewer's attention on the tiny glimpse of the bigger picture that surrounds it.

You can see more of the 'Glassporthole' series, along with more city-themed work, on Takashi Kitajima's website and Facebook page.  



© Takashi Kitajima



© Takashi Kitajima



© Takashi Kitajima



© Takashi Kitajima

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4 Jun 2015 11:55AM
Surely the image in the magnifying glass should be upside down

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5 Jun 2015 7:24PM
Erm... why? It isn't upside down when you look through one to say read some small print.
10 Jun 2015 11:45AM
Not when you look at something close like small print, but erm, it is when you look at something farther away like in the images above, try it.
10 Jun 2015 11:50AM
Also not possible to have the frame of the magnifying glass in sharp focus and what you see through the glass in focus at the same time. These images must be composites.

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