Toshio Shibata’s “Japanscapes”, published by Berlin-based publisher Velvet Cell, delivers a refreshing take on Japanese landscape photography. Borrowing influences and ideas from fields of architecture and even graphic design, Shibata traveled all over Japan to frame infrastructural scenes and objects in pleasing, interesting ways.
“Often, infrastructure is treated as a burden on society, being recognized as the opposite of art in many circumstances. But infrastructure represents the time and space of the era, in various ways. It depends how you look at it […]
My goal is to create work in which every photograph is independent. This idea never changes. It is not my aim to depict for the purposes of explanation, or to illustrate with my photographs.”
— from the artist’s statement