From talking toilets to robot restaurants and, of course, up-to-the-minute consumer gadgets, the city represents a culture that is hyper-connected yet strangely isolated. Matthew Pillsbury captures the city’s manic pace through long exposures that transform bustling pedestrians into blurs on the urban landscape.

…With an assistant, Pillsbury placed his tripod in the middle of parks and other public spaces, frequently shielding his camera from jostling by pedestrians. His exposures last a few seconds to 30 minutes, soaking up the saturated beauty and frenetic pace of the city.

…The photographer had previously shot only in black and white, but Tokyo’s vibrant hues compelled him to work in color as well.  “As I was researching the places in Tokyo it became apparent to me that some of the locations had to be in color,” he says. “The cup noodle museum and the robot restaurant needed to be in color as did many of the cherry photographs.”

…Pillsbury is fascinated with technological innovation and social isolation, and hopes his series prompts people to ponder the role technology plays in current culture. “I hope that my photographs encourage people to ask these questions,” he says, “and examine the role that it plays in their lives.”

Images from Tokyo and other work by Pillsbury is currently on display at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta until May 8.

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