Digital World & Photography

The TeamLab Borderless Museum inspiring creative photography

By Elena Lisina    - 3 min read

Whether it is landscapes, cities, streets, architecture, animals, flowers and people - all these objects have are already been captured on millions upon millions of shots! From that point of view, visiting TeamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Tokyo, can be an interesting study for either professionals or amateur photographers.

These days, photography is easy and accessible to anybody who has a smartphone. A 'classical’ camera is no longer necessary. Though many artistic photographers remain devoted to their old-fashioned cameras, searching for that 'different shot' is not an easy task.

Experimenting with filters
Experimenting with filters

I remember a time when we developed films and printed photos in dark rooms. The effect of solarisation in photography seemed so exciting at the time. Modern digital cameras make the process of getting shots so much easier, and editing programs allow endless options for improving the originals.

As a photographer I, too, am always looking for something different or, on the contrary, something usual that can become unusual after a bit of editing. I guess you could say that if an artist can start painting on a blank sheet, then a photographer needs some basic image anyway to begin with.

A different reality made from thousands of lights
A different reality made from thousands of lights

I've heard that the Japanese are very good at taking something that already exits and finding new and creative ways of adapting it. In this sense, the digital museum of TeamLab Borderless has already created the unusual. There is no way to take clear shots here as the images aren’t static - they move and change, sometimes too fast, but such ‘failed’ shots provide a good base for further creation.

Many spaces in the museum recreate different realities using projection as well as material objects; for instance the thousands of lights in the ‘Crystal World’, transparent panels, mirrors, flat circle screens, lamps, balls, uneven surfaces and so on.

Colour symphony
Colour symphony

I took many shots there. I sometimes think that I see things only through my camera! But I’m glad I took so many shots. I've now quite the choice to play with that I may not have had in the 'real' world. Once again Japan, courtesy of TeamLab Borderless, have offered inspiration.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!

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