Tokyo , for me, is an endless series of subcultures. Each with their own history and traditions. My interest in Tsukiji began with a friendship and my intent to document the world he lived in. This is only the shallowest look into that world and I hope to have the chance to go back and learn more.Read More
Philip LePage Projects
Excited to be shortlisted for the Hariban Award 2017. As well as having one of my images featured on their page. The entire shortlist can be seen here.
For those who might be interested...
Established in Kyoto in 1905, the Benrido Collotype Atelier brings over a century of experience to image- making. Collotype printing was the state of the art for photographic reproduction at the turn of the twentieth century. However, due to the high level of expertise needed to obtain consistent results, it was quickly replaced by the faster, cheaper, more mechanized process of offset printing. As one of the world’s few remaining producers of collotypes, Benrido offers rare access to this lost craft, providing opportunities for today’s photographers to collaborate with master artisan printers in making singularly beautiful museum-quality prints for exhibition and display. - from Benrido Ateliers Website.
This would be a dream come true.
There is an elegance to the simplicity of umbrellas. They are functional and have that beauty that all good design has. In use they remind me of a field of flowers blooming or jellyfish floating in the sea. But, more than just being attracted to their graphic quality, umbrellas define space.Read More
Eyes are often said to be the windows of the souls. Windows, like photographs, can open up to another world but they can also separate. They are barriers that tantalize.Read More
A friend recently asked me why I take photos? It was a question I couldn't easily answer. But, I think at the most basic they are my attempt to communicate. Trying to connect even though I might actually believe that is impossible. As long as I continue taking them, continue writing and trying to get them out in the world there is still hope. There is a distance to my imagery, the world as I experience it. But in that hope lies my optimism. Communication is a dialogue. It is not static and allows for misunderstandings, surprising twists, leaps of faith and unforeseen connections. To steal a line from the National... "Driver, surprise me".Read More
Very pleased to see my Parentheses project up on Eyeist's Reviewers Choice gallery. Kathleen Clark writes, "Philip LePage has a firm grasp on nuance and gentility as he looks at the solitary existence of moving quietly through the busy urban atmosphere of Tokyo. There is a stillness amid all the movement - a kind of welcome calm amid the clamor".Read More
I stumbled across these three images recently and was captivated by them. They are attributed to Werner Bokelberg but, I haven't been able to find a copy of the magazine to confirm this yet. They are playful, and attract me in part the same way as the work of Ellen Von Unwerth. The staging, the interaction between model and photographer... the creation of fantasies. They are not particularly shocking, nor are they nudes. In this age of excess I find them intriguing because of it. Humans and our desires are complex... we are never just one thing. They are fleeting moments that would have made me look twice. They are images I wish I had taken.Read More
Life can take us down very strange roads. I have ended up in so many unexpected places and they have become parts of who I am. But, as with most people, it was my childhood that led me to this path. I never expected to be living with my family again after all of these years. There is so much I do not know about them. Their dreams, there pasts, are as much a mystery to me as mine are to them. This picture of my father has always struck me. Especially surrounded by images of my grandfathers. He is the only one still alive and yet I know as little about him as I do about them.Read More