“The total mightiness of this organism is what I want to resemble with my pictures. To achieve this I climbed countless fire escapes in Tokyo and tried to capture the complete force of nature. The photos are not about single buildings, they are about the completeness of the urban jungle. All elements have the same importance, and the further you look into the image, the more windows can be seen per square centimetre.
The pictures were shot mainly in twilight. The magic hour, where the houses are shining as bright as the residual daylight in the sky and the colourful neon signs melt with the green-blue of the beginning night. For me this is the most beautiful colour theme a city can offer.” - Thomas Birke
Framed Ball - 2007
A large mirrored ball stands on the floor, framed by a cube of neon tubes. The ball seems to be caught in a cage, prevented from rolling naturally. At the same time, it appears as if the neon cube wants to move with the ball. The location is reflected in a convex perspective on the smooth surface of the ball. The neon cube is slightly curved in the reflection, and appears as a misshapen neon ring on the sides of the ball.