Marcel Castenmiller and Yusuke Miyamoto’s new zine, which launches tomorrow evening at Object_ify 139 in New York, defies time(zones) and space.
Entitled Nagano Vegas, it features photographs of, well, Nagano and Vegas, taken by Miyamoto and Castenmiller respectively. “The concept began with the idea of being so far apart but still picking up on a common sense of our surroundings,” Castenmiller says. “Our locations were very different, but both cities are known for attracting tourists.”
Indeed, folks flock to Nagano for its hot springs and ancient temples. Folks flock to Vegas to lose money and bang hookers.
The two photographers met in Tokyo (Miyamoto’s stomping grounds. Castenmiller lives in NY, where he also works as a model) a few years back via mutual friends and reconnected recently, based on a mutual interest in film and photography. When Castenmiller realized Miyamoto was travelling to Nagano to visit his family the same time he was travelling to Vegas for a MMORPG gaming convention (cool!), he suggested they both photograph their trips.
These aren’t your mom’s travel photographs. They’re more casual and voyeuristic. Tiny details are juxtaposed against expansive landscapes, and the aesthetic between the two photographers is so fascinatingly congruent, occasionally it’s tricky to determine which city you’re in.
Not your typical hipster zine of half naked twenty-somethings getting fucked up in New York lofts (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Nagano Vegas is quirky and beautiful and effortlessly cool. If you can’t afford a vacation, this is a cost-effective alternative.
Nagano Vegas launches tomorrow evening, 6pm-9pm at OBJECT_IFY 139, 139 Essex Street.