Imagining how the world will look in the upcoming future isn't that hard after watching Teemu's photographs. They all are vibrant reflections of his vision of the world we have already started building since the rise of technology. Society appears to be absorbed by the unstoppable glow of artificial light. From buildings to mobile devices, from cars' front and rear lights to the light reflecting on ponds scattered all over the various streets that surround him, everything is wrapped in the blanket of artificial lighting.
How does your gear make you navigate better on the streets?
Getting lost in the streets becomes a deep necessity when one pursuit the sublime. A discreet camera that fits nicely within mobility is fundamental, but beyond that, moving around the city requires other tools. Almost ever since GPS technology arrived in our hands, this has been my major tool for exploring the city. Moving around has become a habit, and scouting is key for my photographs to happen.
What is your favorite time of the night to shoot?
Shooting at night has become a peaceful way for capturing light, especially in Tokyo where everything moves so fast. Everything shifts into a slower rhythm right between 22:00 and midnight, at the moment when the last people head to their homes. That is the moment that pleases me shooting the most.
Do you have a personal favorite cinematographer?
Cinematography has a close relationship with the way I've learned to see the world, and Roger Deakins is perhaps my favorite photography director right now. There is something about the urban landscape in Tokyo that helps me out into working in a very natural way, but I haven't decode it yet.
What could you tell newcomers about gear?
"Steet photography" has just too many interpretations, what could be your own and personal definition for it?
Street photography has almost as many definitions as there are passionate street photographers out there. Countless definitions if you wish, but for me this reduces to aesthetically pleasing stories or observations of life on streets.
Teemu has developed a very consistent visual style, which solidifies after developing his files back at his place. Keepers coming out from his camera comply at some degree with a "visual quality standard" that makes them suitable for being transformed into what he sees below the evident life surrounding us. This isn't the world at its purest state of course; but it is a very interesting approximation to what life appears to be under the surface of our rushed and frantic lives. Anyone interested in capturing life on the streets at late night hours should take a look at his work. We simply can't detach our lives from complex urbanism, it is our prosthetic environment, and this imagery opens up the questions about the life we are currently living right now.
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