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Saturday, August 30, 2014

 Press Release

/ Mattias Westfalk (Zine)

Swedish photographer Mattias Westfalk's photo Zine published by galeria de muerte / September 2014.

"6x6 Purgation Mayhem", a photo collection of people involved in the Tokyo underground scene.

28 page / black&white / 257x364mm
First print : 200 copies
published by : galeria de muerte 2014

artist info

Retail price : 666 yen +tax
Wholesale : 400 yen  +tax

== wholesale order / inquiry ==
galeria de muerte

3-32-1-3F Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku.
Tokyo 110-0015 JAPAN

                                  MATTIAS WESTFALK | CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Axe

Herman Hesses's Harry Haller a.k.a The Steppenwolf once said 'The unhappiness that I need and long for…is the kind that will let me suffer with eagerness and die with lust. That is the unhappiness, or happiness, that I am waiting for.

Then Franz Kafka mentioned once that, 'I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ...we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.'
He also gave us this “A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.”
As a diehard traveler just in the beginning of understanding, as a curious vagabond, explorer, wanderer, lone nomad I can not stop being the nameless ghost that walks the earth, learning to understand as I go.  Im just a little ant with every right to live and die the way I seem fit. Every breath counts, every step is one closer to the last one behind the next bend in the road, beyond the next crest.

“The meaning of life is that it stops.” 
 Franz kafka

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Legion Of Andromeda

Shot new album promotion stuff for my brothers of Legion Of Andromeda, a primitive monotonic and extremely dense blackened dead death/doom metal band based out of Tokyo, check CD review and HERE. Listen to a couple of tracks and you will "see" that this is black/white music. We wanted a feel of non-human where the music is the core and the looks of who ever produce these sounds are less if not of no importance. Turned out pretty cool I think and ended up with pretty much what I had in mind. As for you who follow my stuff here know by now, I have had the majority of my mind on other projects outside of photography the last couple of years. So it was a rather good feeling to set out into the night and shoot these guys in the darker quarters of Shinjuku in central Tokyo. This area is where I have spent most of my time during my 15 years in Japan and I know every forgotten backstreet which hides some of the coolest locations for great portrait and location photography.

Some test shots that turned out ok, but slightly too humane and "worthyoflivingalifeonplanetearth"…ha ha ha…
I have to continue on this "non human" theme, I can see that this will be something to put more energy and mind into. Stay tuned.