The Japanese are well-known for making efficient use of small living areas, a necessity of their high population density. Photographer Won Kim took that as an inspiration to create the series ‘Living Close’, showing the residents of what is best described as a guesthouse for backpackers in Tokyo.
The photographer states: “Some of the people in these images stay at the facility for a relatively short time, for other residents these tiny cubicles are essentially permanent homes.
For me, the real interest of the resulting portraits is in how each resident has made use of a such a small, confining space. The sharply-defined space and its contents tell something about its occupant’s personality, and his or her ability to function in such a strange, enclosed environment.”