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Tokyo Lag


Limited edition Signed by artistArchival inks and paper


Edition Size : 5 (100cm x 140cm)

Edition Size : 7 (70cm x 98cm) 


"Truth is essential to this series of photography, and to me.

For these photographs, it would have been easy to manipulate the image to get the proper composition, light or even remove some disturbing elements.  

Except the development in black and white, this is the original photograph.

This is true photography, nothing more."


On Tokyo Lag:

"This is an image which to me is intensely personal, but also explores and illuminates social behaviour and the prevailing attitudes of comfort and fear. In the developed world, we value our comfort more and more - our zone where we feel safe. The fear of a perceived threat grows greater, and fear of this threat consumes everything, even obligations to society as a whole. 

In this image we see the lights of a residential building. We are in Tokyo, one of the safest cities in the world, in a calm and peaceful residential area - like many others. It is May 2011. Two months after the tsunami and explosion at Fukushima Daiichi.

All the nuclear power plants have stopped in the country. Japanese people have to buy their energy abroad and regulate their energy spending. Thousands of refugees have been forced to abandon their houses in Tohoku and are living in tents.  

And yet some people continue to behave as if nothing has happened. They refuse to change their habits in order to help their country in this time of catastrophe. They waste all this precious energy to keep a building lit, to protect the residents from an imagined threat. A threat of what? Violence? Robbery? Any fear they have is purely imagined because nothing would happen in such a safe environment.

One could find the symmetry of the image relaxing, but in fact it reinforces the anger and sadness I felt when I took this photograph. Anger and sadness when I remember the gap, the lag, between those blind and selfish residents and the reality of the situation Japan was facing, and continues to face."


- Olivier Leroy