Alessandro Zanoni is an award-winning photographer whose work primarily centers around his discoveries of interesting, unusual, and desolate landscapes. Having travelled throughout Asia, his latest series focuses on the relatively benign suburbs of Japan’s Osaka and Tokyo. But where some might see the humdrum imagery of everyday life, Zanoni finds inspiration and peace amidst the outskirts of the city. It is here, in a place whose suburbs feel strangely familiar in their replication of scenes just like them in suburban areas throughout Japan, that he is inspired by the invisibility of the architectural landscape in which the pursuit of order somehow sparks a chaotic sense of the same.
Speaking on his latest series, Invisible Suburbs, Zanoni reveals, “The two main Japanese urban areas are characterized by city centres, which we certainly cannot define as ‘historical’, as in European cities. In Japan, differentiating between Osaka and Tokyo is not easy, and as you move out into the suburbs, it is almost impossible. The structure of the suburban fabric, in fact, faithfully mirrors the social fabric, which, in turn, enhances the conformity of things and people. As a result, one feels lost and at ease in apparently recognizable places, but in reality, they are only replicas of thousands of other identical sites.”
Images © Alessandro Zanoni