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. 

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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. 

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