Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Osaka City - Night Shots

Osaka City is Japan's third largest city, behind Yokohama and Tokyo, with a population over 2.7 million; but this doesn't truly represent the true population of the greater Osaka area. The huge built up metropolitan landcsape, known as the Keihanshin area, which encompasses the cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe; has an overall population of 18 million, making it one of the largest populated places on Earth.  The Keihanshin area is home to many of Japan's industrial giants, and is in it's own right, the seventh largest GDP area in the world.
  1. Tokyo
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chicago
  5. London
  6. Paris
  7. Osaka/Kobe

So...   all I am saying is it's a big city, just not on most people's lists of large cities.  Everything in Osaka is illuminated, automatic, noisy, electronic, computerised, and chaotically efficient. It is full of shops, restaurants, offices, amusement arcades, bars and rail stations. There is a general blurring of boundaries between all these things as much of the city is based around miles of covered shopping arcade and underground shopping malls.  It is almost possible to walk from Umeda (central north) to Namba (central south) without ever seeing daylight. The undergound (subway) rail system is simple and fast, but all the stations are shopping malls in disguise. There are restaurants absolutely everywhere, and most of them seemed eternally busy.  I guess the Japanese people like to eat out.

I am not going to pretend that it is a beautiful city in the way of European cities (most of it's history was flattened during the war). Osaka holds something else which is hard to pin down...  it has a heart and a soul, which beats throughout it's modern lively culture of art, music, comedy and food. It virtually throbs with life.

This post is really supposed to be about night shots.  These are some images I took during my time in Osaka. They are mostly scenes of city buildings and streets, without focusing on the underlying nightlife, which I will post on a later date.

I often wonder if the people of Osaka (and Tokyo etc.) have ever seen the stars in the sky? 



s.c said...

Nice serie shots of a completely human landscape. Is tilting the camera a means to get more in the picture or to make the compositing more interesting. I am not shure about it.

Bill Wellham said...

Thanks s.c. You're right about human landscape... there's not much left of nature here! Apart from the surrounding mountains and the ocean.

As for tilting views... I sometimes tilt when I want to convey the chaos and confusion from the street level.
It's just a thing I do :)

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