My photographic series, DERIVE, explores the neon nights of Tokyo,
the world’s first cyberpunk city.
“DERIVE means to drift through the city, it is about wandering.
I explore without a map or a destination – looking for new angles to see the world.”
I am inspired by the postmodern mixture of architecture and the layers of history.
The landscape and rivers of New Zealand play a role in the way I see the towering skyscrapers and concretes vista of Tokyo too, “climbing a mountain and climbing a building are the same for me, there is a kind of quietness in the city that I search for.”
I use long-exposure photography to capture a wide range of light and shadow, and
uses post-production tools to create an eerie otherworld where highways turn into rivers
of light and buildings become distant monoliths.
The project has been featured globally in Hong Kong, France, and Spain and I held my first exhibition in Tokyo in March 2017.