One Night in Narita: A Photo Essay

From my one night visa run to Japan. Only time for the airport and a shopping mall.

Incheon, South Korea and Narita, Japan.

December 6th and 7th, 2011.

All images from the Leica M9P, 35mm Summilux.

117 thoughts on “One Night in Narita: A Photo Essay

  1. There are some really beautiful images in there Josh. I particularly like quite a few from inside the airport or the bus. I’m thinking of the the escalator partial and the 2 versions of the boy by the window in the bus (portrait and landscape orientation). Really nice set.

  2. Super! IM impressed how you know explore light and shadow.
    all of them are gourgeos jt.
    i loved to watch Japan by you. thx a lot.

    • lol, adding the super junior poster was a little more for my korean followers. Most know I’m not a huge fan and am constantly shocked by it’s apparent “reach.”

  3. comunidade mulher que ama demais deseja ha todos um feliz natal essa comunidade ´´e voltads para as mulheres que sofrem agressopes os seus parceiros.ha violencia esta demais eles matam as mulhres que um dia juraram amor .e desparam contra elas uma bala res quatro e as matam sem nenhuma do nem piedade.vomos dar uma basta

  4. I am traveling overseas next week and I am a frequent traveler. Your photos really captured part of the experience. You leave a small part of yourself behind and there is the excitement of the adventure ahead. Then there is the boredom sitting at the gate, the aprehension over all of the details and pains (going through customs, catching the next flight).

    But traveling and the anxiety is far overshadowed by the things one can gain.

    Good job on the pics!

  5. What simple and beautiful images! I love how contrasty they are it makes them mysterious. I never thought you could get such interesting photos in an airport.

  6. Beautiful collection- you have captured the essence of Narita and through it Japan- the quirky fashion (shot on stairs) and the emptiness of the airport lounges, the clinical precision in everything dispersed by human activity….. as if it’s the place that run the people instead of the people that run the place…… the black and white is a great choice.

  7. I think my favorite shot was the little boy looking out the terminal window. Gave me the sense of him waiting impatiently for his father to come home!

  8. Great work and a super idea. For the first time I see the benefit of the over price Leica M9 — your compositions are fabulous and the quality of the images is uniquely Leica I think. Did you use in camera B&W or post processing conversion? Well done in any case and congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  9. These pictures capture an impressive amount of detail and emotion. If you were to calculate the variables in any given shot, trying to recreate the same ‘feel’, you might come close, but never achieve the same magic. Simply brilliant light and shadow techniques on every one of your photographs, each has an incredible feeling of depth. Thanks for the great post, congrats on being freshly pressed, and keep up the awesome work!

  10. Oh my oh my oh my what a bunch of splendid images of Narita! I remember my layover from Bangkok to Narita was a whole day so I went out and took some quick shots around this time of year-it was freezing!

    I really like the one with the little child in front of the magazine stand. Such a size contrast. Thanks for sharing. The lighting is wonderful and so inspiring. Beautiful!

  11. its really amazing how you’ve played easily with the lights and shadows emerging..and at one point these both dwell to make a super picture!
    nicely put! πŸ˜€

  12. Wow…the airport looks far emptier than I would have imagined an airport in Japan to look!

    A bit of a whirlwind trip to Japan, but at least you can say you were there. πŸ˜‰ Great photos!

  13. I only slept over in Japan once but it was such an amazing and captivating city! I will visit my friends there in the future because I want to explore so much more. Thanks for sharing! Great photos:D

  14. hey–we were freshly pressed on the same day! love your photos. think i am headed to korea this year to visit some friends–your images are so inspiring…

  15. You have such great technical skill. I immediately noticed how crisp and well-exposed the photographs were, and thought to myself that there was a very “Leica-look” to them.

    Inspires me to get the camera out of my bag next time I go travelling. Thanks!

  16. The lonesomeness of airports & shopping malls is kind of overwhelming. And this great story telling of yours is something more felt than seen. Brilliant!
    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

  17. Wow, lovely black and white photos. I sense a bit of loneliness and solitary in some of the photos and there seems to be a feel of silence from them. It really captures the feel of airports, at least for me. Great job. πŸ™‚

  18. These photos are strangely beautiful. The black and white turns the airport into such an emotional space. As a frequent traveler, it was interesting to see such familiar scenes in a new and unique way. Thanks for sharing!

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