Astray in Tokyo
LA-based photographer, Joshua Anderson shares a series from Tokyo, as he evaluates loneliness and the internalized conflicts he once feared
This project is an evaluation on loneliness. It's a collection of images I made during months of going through powerful feelings of loneliness and depression. This work was made through failure and doubt and hate and sadness and lacking and transition and fear and dealing with a lot of internal arguments.
I've since come out of that place, but it taught me very valuable lessons. In a way, this work represents a shift in my life. Loneliness shifted my approach to creating work; It was very hard to go through, but it was extremely necessary for who I am to become. There was no stylistic outcome. I was just looking for myself while making these photos.
I was born in Houston, TX. The fourth of five kids. Growing up in a relatively artistic environment was really good for me, and I was schooled at home which allowed a lot of artistic freedom. Looking back on my childhood now, it's clear that my family had it pretty rough most of the time. Money was tight, there was never really any travel, parents were in-and-out of work; the list goes on. How I grew up had such a massive impact on who I am now and continues to shift my perspectives to this day.
Loneliness shifted my approach to creating work; It was very hard to go through, but it was extremely necessary for who I am to become.
Photography was a natural progression in art. At an early age, I was fascinated by drawing images or creating sculptures of what I imagined. There wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't painting, drawing or creating with clay and legos. When I discovered that I could capture moments of time with a camera, it was a no-brainer. Soon after, I realized that I could also use the camera to make art.
"What inspires you?" or "what are your influences?" are such difficult questions to answer. There are so many facets of art and design that I'm interested in that Its near impossible to have a definite list of influences. Everything I see and do has an impact on my work, whether big or small, it sprinkled somewhere in there.
I wish I could list a few of the artist I really admire but there are far too many and I forgot the names of a few. I'm also really young so there is still so much to see and learn from. Maybe I'll start making a list, ask me again in a few years.
— Joshua Anderson