As urban environments are increasingly dependent on the efficient use of space, high-rise structures have become the solution to overpopulation issues. Elevators enabled the development of many-storied buildings and fundamentally altered urban landscapes and social space. Tokyo, epitomizes the densely populated megalopolis where elevators are a showcase for the basic paradox of personal alienation in urban living: the inescapable physical proximity countered by emotional distance. Tokyo up, down comprises a series of black&white photographic triptychs of images taken, inside and outside of elevators in Tokyo. The project explores vertical transportation in the intimacy of the elevator cabin, a moment of silence suspended in space and time, which nonetheless yields a rich array of subtle interactions between strangers.

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TOKYO UP, DOWN