Japanese tabloids, like those in any other country, are known for their loud, obnoxious headlines with fonts, text and images all designed to scream at us and catch our attention. But when the noise, in the most literal sense, is cropped out, even these tabloids can transform into abstract art that is at once both calm and meditative.
Yui Takada, who runs the Instagram account “Trim Tabroid [sic]” perfectly crops Japanese tabloid newspapers down to a size that’s probably just a little bigger than a thumbnail. What was previously some headline about a sporting scandal or a celebrity is reduced to lines, colors and shapes that are only vaguely reminiscent of their original form.
The cropped graphic squares are oddly soothing and you can find many more of them on Instagram.