Capturing the essence of a city in a photograph can be very difficult, and Tokyo is no exception. Buildings which look beautiful or inspiring in the flesh often refuse to fit comfortably into a single frame, and consequently come across as flat and humdrum. Similarly, energetic and bustling urban scenes become mundane and lifeless when frozen onto film (memory card?). So I do not think it comes as much of a surprise that my photographic highlights of Tokyo are dominated by the city’s beautiful gardens, and a few scenes where the atmosphere has been re-created using the darkroom. One of my favourite examples of this is not included in the gallery below but can be found in my Instagram feed.