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Vivid Photos of Japan That Mix Old Traditions with Throbbing Beat of Modern Life

The thing that hits you the most when you visit Tokyo is the severe difference between the country’s solid traditions and heritage compared to the throbbing beat of modern day life. That’s what I believe Dutch photographer Stijn Hoekstra catches flawlessly in his series titled Cinematic Tokyo.

He was traveling to Tokyo last November to shoot a documentary about Azuma Makoto, a flower artist, and was fortunate enough to book some additional days to explore some of the city.

He tells: “I always try to take a cinematic approach to my photography, resulting in different perspectives and cinematic color grading.

“If I see a nice corner, or the sunlight creates a perfect moment I wait until there is the perfect subject to get in my frame. The only way I’m able to get what I want is to have a lot of patience and of course some luck.”

Based in Amsterdam, Stijn defines himself as a “freelance cinematographer and photographer”. In his extra time, he likes a fresh dose of street photography. Check out more of his work on Behance or his website www.stijnhoekstra.nl.

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