When I first clapped eyes on this photography series by Greg White, I was immediately struck with feelings of nostalgia. Although this may not be the reaction you’d expect to get from gritty, industrial landscape photography, having grown up in the shadow of Lancashire’s cotton mills the familiar sight of smog-surrounded factories holds a strange sense of home.
However, the subject of White’s Ukishimacho is not Lancashire – or the UK at all for that matter – but is situated in Japan. The sprawling metropolis of colourful buildings is contrasted against the grey skies above. The only sign of production is the billowing smoke that trails from each of the tall chimneys. Cars are dotted like ants underneath the giant structures, and there isn’t a person in sight.
Of his inspiration and technique, White writes: “Greg’s work reveals a love of function and mystery combined in the graphic elements of architecture and landscape. He is inspired by repetitions of form in space. An unflinching modernism and cool detachment inflects all his images, in the bright whites of super-watt bulbs and in light-filled landscapes. Greg’s often heroic portraits show sitters in context and in moments of reflection. He thrives on problem solving and developing creative ideas. His unassuming approach is based around simplicity, shape and structure.”
His work has been featured in publications such as GQ, Wallpaper*, Creative Review and Dazed. And past clients include Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Nike and Sony, to name but a few.
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