In “Psychedelic Street,” Japanese photographer Masakazu Sugiura captures the vibrant, colorful, dazzling and electrifying visual chaos of Vietnam’s roads and streets in equally vibrant and stimulating pictures. More than a mere documentation of Vietnam’s street scenes, Sugiura felt reminded of his own life – the atmosphere and the sheer vitality mirroring memories of his childhood, the freedom of his early twenties, the adventurousness of opening the world for oneself. His photographs of places fully packed with visual information, of improvised spaces and of multiple layers of life existing all at once, in shared places, seem “as if another world is lying in wait” (from the publisher’s description).
“This liveliness exceeds my reality. Here is the energy I no longer have. Not that I would redeem it, but I had discovered an old feeling that I missed. There, I saw my own country.”
― from Masakazu Sugiura’s afterword (all text included in Japanese and in English translation)