Paul VincentFarrell - Photographer in Tokyo

Paul VincentFarrell

I'm a photographer in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I'm a 360-photographer, retoucher and digital artist with a long photographic background and an enthusiastic, inquisitive spirit. I make photographs, 360-panoramas, composites and collages.

I make work to encourage imagination, and to show people places and things they have never seen, or which may not even exist.

I love journeys, technology and science, exotica and the unknown, the wonder of the everyday, life itself.

Living in Tokyo since 2004 to discover more about Japanese design and culture, while travelling to India for regular inspiration and reality checks.

Life is short. So many amazing possibilities!

My Creations

  1. Meditation, Mitake

    5 February 2020

    While living in London in the 1990s, I met an old South American man. He told me that many years previously he had learned from a Shaman how to “read” the jungle, and showed me photographs he had taken there.

    It seemed to align with something a friend said to... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  2. I was asked to contribute a portrait for a book project, Play For a Living, in which quotes by famous people who embraced “play” in their philosophy or life's work would be paired with their portraits made by contemporary artists.

    His having been a great inspiration in my own life... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. I have been photographing clouds from the window seats of planes since 1993. In fact an early series of these taken in 1995 formed the main body of my portfolio for many years. My archive of cloud photographs now numbers in the thousands.

    As I reflected various photographs in Photoshop... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  4. Living in Japan and learning of the “Yaoyorozu no Kami”, I began what has since become an evolving, long-term project.

    The first series of the project used photographs taken in Enoshima
    With this image, Water Sprites, I wanted to create an ornate, fractal other-worldliness, pulsing with life. Two large entities,... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  5. After a trip to the Himalayan foothills in 2019, I realized I had hardly worked on any of my photographs from multiple visits over the years. India for me has always been a place for conceiving new ideas, meeting people, and going on peaceful walks in spectacular parts of nature... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. Flight rule #1: always get a window seat!

    I have been photographing clouds from planes since 1993 and built up a huge archive of photographs. In fact an early series of cloud photographs taken in 1995 formed the main body of my portfolio for many years.

    As part of a... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  7. The Subterranean Pool (from the series “Myths”)

    I wanted to create a more narrative series of work than my usual photographic collages. The images were made intentionally “noisy”, warped and distorted to blur detail...

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  8. A related project to the Dualities series, constructed from images of clouds. I wanted to look closer at the living/conscious forms within my images, and so increased the scale of them within the composites. The photographs are blended to reveal new entities - whether terrestrial and organic, cybernetic, alien, or... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  9. I wanted to search for the spirits of Aokigahara, to capture what gave rise to the feeling of unease that seemed to inhabit the place.

    My original photos capture what looks like a kind of post-disaster chaos in a tangle of branches and leaves, or a mossy, silent shadowy undergrowth... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  10. Another portrait made for the book project, Play For a Living, in which quotes by famous people who embraced “play” in their philosophy or life's work are paired with their portraits made by contemporary artists.

    George Cockcroft (a.k.a. Luke Rhinehart) has been inspiring and deeply influential in my approach to... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  11. Deity

    25 October 2020

    Seeing the infinite in the everyday, the spiritual in the banal, the extraordinary in the commonplace.

    There is a wall quite close to my home, a big concrete wall with cracks and holes that nobody seems to pay much attention to. I spent an entire afternoon photographing the wall, and... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  12. Shaman

    5 November 2020

    Another image from the series.

    Seeing the infinite in the everyday, the spiritual in the banal, the extraordinary in the commonplace.

    I spent an entire afternoon photographing a wall quite close to my home, a big concrete wall with cracks and holes that nobody seems to pay much attention to... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  13. Ascent

    12 November 2020

    Another recent image, from a photograph of a concrete wall a few minutes walk from my home.

    Worked in Photoshop to reveal the being and the context in which I saw it, but which seemed invisible to others.

  14. Presence (Choice)

    19 November 2020

    My most recent image, from a photograph of a concrete wall a few minutes walk from my home. Worked in Photoshop to construct more of a narrative and sense of place than previous works in the series.

    I was aiming for an ambiguous feeling somewhere between sorrow, acceptance and hope... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  15. Family

    24 November 2020

    The most recent image from photographs of a concrete wall a few minutes walk from my home. Working in Photoshop to reveal the characters, scenarios and situations I see in the ostensibly random holes, marks and stains on the surface.

    In this image I saw a group of figures which... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  16. Paradise

    7 December 2020

    Constructed from a single photograph of a concrete wall, uncovering/revealing the figures and scenes I see in the random holes, marks, stains, cracks, weeds and moss.

    Having already completed a few images in the series with a slightly darker and more mysterious atmosphere, this part of the wall appealed to... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  17. Sorceress

    28 December 2020

    Constructed from a single photograph of a concrete wall, uncovering/revealing the figures and scenes I see in the random holes, marks, stains, cracks, weeds and moss.

    Here was an unmistakable female form, casting her magic...

  18. Monument

    4 January

    Seen from a distance, towering above the landscape...

  19. Embrace

    12 January

    The challenge of this piece was to transform the flat surface of the concrete wall in the original photograph into a space with the feeling of a deeper horizon, creating a sense of light and air from the original cold, hard concrete "background".

    The main figures were apparent from the... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  20. Path

    18 February

    This series of images is nearing an end, and I brought together many elements from previous works in the series in this one. As with all the images, it's created from a single photograph of a concrete wall, and the narratives I see playing out within the cracks and holes... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  21. With springtime, a new series of images.

    Until recently I lived near the Tsurumi river (or Tsurumigawa) and would cycle along it almost daily, following its curves and bends and intersections with other tributaries as it grows from a narrow tree-lined stream flowing through local suburbs to become a gentle... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  22. Until recently I lived near the Tsurumi river (or Tsurumigawa) and loved the way it grows from a narrow tree-lined stream flowing through local suburbs to become a gentle river amid urban farmland and eventually opening into wide vistas, lined with grass and concrete.

    This image was constructed from photographs... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  23. Another image in my Riverside series. Until recently I lived near the Tsurumi river (or Tsurumigawa) and loved the way it grows from a narrow tree-lined stream flowing through local suburbs to become a gentle river amid urban farmland and eventually opening into wide vistas, lined with grass and concrete.

    ... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  24. Another image in my Riverside series. Until recently I lived near the Tsurumi river (or Tsurumigawa) and loved the way it grows from a narrow tree-lined stream flowing through local suburbs to become a gentle river amid urban farmland and eventually opening into wide vistas, lined with grass and concrete.

    ... continue reading (0, 1 image)