2020 Finalists

Tom BLACHFORD

Artist statement: The title of the series Nihon noir 2099 is a play on the neo-noir genre of cinema combined with the Japanese word for Japan.

The series explores the gamut of Japanese architecture from post war Modernism through to fantastical creations of the post-modern era.

This image depicts the Kyoto International Conference Centre, an architectural marvel designed by Sachio Otani and completed in 1966.

Sitting on the outskirts of Kyoto adjoining a national park I shot this image around midnight and was terrified by strange and unknown screams in bushes nearby. As I completed my second exposure, filled with adrenaline, I grabbed my tripod to run in fear. Moments later I witnessed three Nara deer with bushy little tails gracefully sail past me.

Click to hear the unique sound of the Nara deer scream

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Star base  2018–21
from the series Nihon noir 2099
pigment ink-jet print
170.0 x 73.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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