xavier portela takes us on a visual sojourn through the luminous landscape of tokyo, saturating the sidewalks, streets and sights in a pink-hued glow. on a recent trip to japan, portela observed a distinct vibrancy in the quality of noise, light, and people — one that emits an undeniably dynamic energy. through the series ‘tokyo’s glow’, the brussels-based photographer aims to recreate the spirited sensation that visitors experience upon arrival to japan’s mega metropolis.
as an avid watcher of japanese animations, portela was inspired by the culture’s rich graphic sensibility, colorful characters and a vibrant palette of colors. with this in mind, the images that make up ‘tokyo’s glow’ have been post-processed to ‘look like they were straight out of manga’ and bathed in a neon pink hue. the luminosity of the photos and the vibrancy emitted from each shot captures this distinctive illustrative quality and compresses the immense energy of tokyo into a single frame.