Photographer John Einarsen started taking photos of everyday architecture of his home city of Kyoto in 2016. He still does it today, and all the photos are being published on the Kyoto Journal’s Instagram page.
After two years, Johns collection grew to around 400 images. “I think to begin with I was drawn more to the buildings with more obvious quirks, perhaps because I was thinking about how viewers would respond, to create a sense of novelty,” the artist says. “The project is still all about showing this other side of Kyoto that is largely ignored, but I think that looking at the images now, viewers might notice they have mellowed or toned down, so maybe you need to look at them a little longer, ponder the details to appreciate them fully…”
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Small buildings of Kyoto 375: in KJ 89 we featured Alex Ting’s warm piece on the Demachi Shotengai shopping arcade. Since the article appeared, the arcade has added a new business—the Demachi-za Cinema, which includes a cafe and bookstore. This month it’s showing independent films from Poland. Also, don’t forget to order your copy of Small Buildings of Kyoto Volume II— due out next week! #igersjp #vscojp #smallbuildingskyoto #japan #streetscape #kyoto #demachi