What is it about Japan that interested you? You call Tokyo a photographic playground, can you elaborate on this?
To shoot in Tokyo has been my lifelong goal! I guess it’s about the films and the images — several of my favourite films are based there — but it’s just a city I’ve forever pictured in my mind. I’m obsessed with neon and electric tones, so visually it was a real trip. In another interview I said Tokyo is a photographic playground, because I was so blown away there, it was like learning to see again. You want to touch, taste and explore every inch of it. Every minute is surprising. It’s like a technicolour maze where everything glows.
Why did you entitle it Insomnia?
I called the series Insomnia because when I was in Japan, I picked up a strange pace and fell out of sync with the clocks. I’d often wake up between dusk and dawn, and go out to shoot pictures. This series was shot during what I call the “in-between hours”: when daylight fades, and artificial lights come on. People are stranger and the streets are beautiful. You feel like you’re treading between night and day.