a building in Kagoshima that houses a nursery school on the ground level
Urban photographer Ken Ohyama is passionate about cities and the various structures that form them. The 48-year old photographer has a knack for taking oft-overlooked elements of urban environments, from highways to housing projects, and highlighting their beauty by forcing us to look at them in ways we never have.
a building in Fukuoka that houses an izakaya on the ground level
In a recent series of photographs, Ohyama took several nondescript urban buildings from cities across Japan and edited out the backgrounds, leaving just a cutout of the structure. The seemingly simple process renders each building almost as a miniature dollhouse. But the reduction also has the additive effect of highlighting each structure, emphasizing columns, windows, plants and electric wires that would have gone unnoticed.