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Not Just Another Drive-lapse: A Kaleidoscopic Drive Through the Highways of Tokyo

By Justin Heyes on September 27th 2014

If you work in an office job in any major city, chances are that that you know the monotonous drive that plagues the beginning and end of each work day. Independent filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo’s Eye Know starts off as a fairly typical journey thought the highways of Tokyo, but ends up as a kaleidoscopic dream.

Kondo gives a refreshing view on what would be yet another shaky drive lapse; stretching streetlamps and distorting the dull, beige concrete into spectacular light show. The pace of the audio seems to pulsate to the rhythm of the images. Ayako Taniguchi’s stylistic cutting in and out from mono to stereo can make you feel a little disoriented at times; a method that works.

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The kaleidoscope was one of my favorite toys as a child. I loved the way images distorted into shapes and creating forms of their own. Eye Know brings me back to those times I remember so fondly. To see more from Kondo, check out his website.

Does this video work? Do you like the disorientation of the images and audio? Tell us what you think!

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matt Molloy

    Fun stuff! I’ve done a lot of digital mirroring, more so with still images, but also with timelapse videos. This is clearly more than just mirroring, and that’s what I like most about the video.

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    It was just fun to watch. I like it. Being creative is a good thing.

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  3. Ryan Gerbing

    I felt like the music was a little distracting in parts, but the visuals were neat.

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  4. Barry Cunningham

    Many years ago I had a job where I was commuting from Buffalo to Rochester every day for work.
    On the way back home at night there was a long, gentle curve that went under a bridge that was part of the landing approach for Buffalo Airport. Whenever there was a plane landing, I always found that stretch of road a little disorienting with the lights from the plane, the runway landing lights, the curve of the roadway, and the merging traffic. Some of the light sequences near the beginning of the video reminded me of that.

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  5. Chet Meyerson

    Works for me!

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