The Australian photographer cites the 'hyper-saturated palette' of film director Nicolas Winding Refn as one inspiration for Nihon Noir – though it's Blachford's palpable homage to neo-noir sci-fi classic Blade Runner that ultimately shines. 'The art direction and premise set out by the futurist Syd Mead is so dense and well thought out. We are two years away from the 2019 in which [Blade Runner] was set, and although we don't live in off-world colonies just yet his subtle predictions about how our cities would grow are becoming true,' Blachford told us. 'The external augmentation of our buildings with air conditioners, pipes, ducts and cables as well as the density of the high rise buildings feel very much within what he predicted.'
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A huge honour to be featured on my favourite @wallpapermag online today for my Nihon Noir series shot in collaboration with @asahibeer_au. This image of TOKYO BIG SIGHT is one of my favourites from the series, the insane triangular form reminded me so much of Tyrell corp from blade runner I just knew I had to shoot it. Link in bio to the article and full series.