Berlin-based photographer Eylül Aslan is quickly becoming a fixture on the photography scenes in both Turkey (her home country) and the city she now calls home. While her work usually focuses on the topics of gender, identity, sex, and feminism, on a recent trip to Japan, Eylül’s subject matter switched up entirely, letting her fascination with the streets of Tokyo take over her usually sexually direct work.
What struck her the most in Tokyo were the city’s colours; while Berlin’s architecture and urban furniture is usually limited to sombre monochromatic tones, Tokyo managed to seduce Eylül with its colourful details, from dusty mint green trash cans to baby pink and blue city buses. And whilst many photographers encourage people to look up to horizons, Aslan’s work is more focused on looking down, centering in on tight, geometric compositions.
Throughout this series, Eylül celebrates the mundane, putting street markings, urban infrastructures and vehicles under a new light. For Eylül, the photos she took in Japan were mostly inspired by how her outfits somehow blended in with the the city everywhere she walked: “In Tokyo, trash bins are pastel green, streets lamps are pink, fire escape stairs are orange, and slowly I started to realise that I was becoming a kind of chameleon.”