“In short, photography is a matter of turning loneliness into thoughts”

Shomei Tomatsu


Born in the industrial heartland of South Lanarkshire I watched the night sky glow orange as the steel factory opened it’s furnaces, next door the living breathing metal and lights of the oxygen plant played geometrics with my childhood eyes and the short train ride to the city was an industrial romantic prelude to the dark gritty streets of Glasgow. The pictures were born here long before I picked up a camera.I have family here I was made here; the laughter, the tears and the warm steel of the people shape my work to this day…..

Since 2013 I’ve been passionately shooting the streets of Basel and travelling to such diverse places as Istanbul, Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow and my adopted hometown of Tokyo! I’m currently one of the editors and contributors to EYE-Photo magazine and have recently become a member and contributor to the Progressive Street collective, a vibrant and exciting gang of Street Photographers from around the world.

Some of my Tokyo photographs will be on permanent exhibition in Restaurant Minamoto here in Basel from next month…..