Late-night taxi rides, rain-soaked streets, a fleeting glimpse of the last train home – video game designer-turned-photographer Liam Wong reveals a neon-soaked journey into the nocturnal world of Tokyo.
Creative Boom was one of the first to share his Blade Runner inspired series when it was launched in 2016. Now we’re happy to discover that Wong is releasing his first book, TO:KY:OO – presenting the world’s biggest city as it’s rarely seen, masterfully reinvented from midnight street scenes to cyberpunk dreamscapes.
Self-taught and influenced by creative masters such as Syd Mead and Hideo Kojima, Wong developed his own software techniques to create the evocative images that render Tokyo’s particular nightlife in a surreal world all his own.
The book also features a section on Wong’s creative process, so diehard fans can discover how he chooses the right scene, enhances colour and adds further impact.
“One night, it rained, and the city came to life. I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night. I kept taking picture after picture. It was like being inside the cyberpunk world created by Syd Mead in Blade Runner,” says Wong.
Art directed by Wong himself, TO:KY: OO is published by Thames & Hudson. You can grab a copy via Liam Wong’s website at www.liamwong.com.
‘Neon Noir’ 23:50:20 © Liam Wong
‘Blade Runner Origins’ 00:17:59 © Liam Wong
‘Ultraviolet’ 02:41:27 © Liam Wong
‘Memories of Green’ 00:00:33 © Liam Wong
‘TO:KY:OO Night Train’ 00:00:00 © Liam Wong
‘Kimono Glitch’ 01:51:19 © Liam Wong
‘Self-Portrait in Midgar’ 01:00:00 © Liam Wong
‘Youth’ 23:11:00 © Liam Wong
‘Neo Tokyo’ 20:9:00 © Liam Wong
‘Traffic’ 02:32:19 © Liam Wong
‘Blade Runner Vibes’ 00:49:51 © Liam Wong
‘Noir’ 23:56:30 © Liam Wong