Fascinated by urban environments, Jan Vranovsky shoots stills of unassuming places in Japan and East Asia. Whether it’s an empty underpass or a staircase, his photos capture the subtle beauty and tranquility in seemingly banal spaces. Born in Prague and now based in Toyko, the photographer and designer explores how Japanese art, architecture and urban space relate to understanding European modernism.
In a statement about his work, Vranovsky says, “I’m particularly interested in capturing cultural patterns unwittingly occurring in mundane, often neglected or less known urban areas, no-name, local or vernacular architecture and customs, in search for the ‘lowest common denominator’ of architectural and behavioural Japanese-ness.”
All images © Jan Vranovsky