Urban street photographer, Teemu Jarvinen, lived and grew up in a small Finnish town, and as he says, that might help explain why is he especially interested in shooting big city lights. Jarvinen always loved taking photos, although he started considering his photography career when he bought his first camera in 2015. Before that, Jarvinen was professionally in online marketing, so that’s how he was able to finance a lifestyle of nearly location independent travel. In January, he spent three weeks in Sapporo, Japan, photographing streets during snowstorms. This time we’re sharing some of Jarvinen’s favorite photos inspired by cyberpunk and noir films he loves. Enjoy our gallery below and be sure to visit our featured photographer’s Instagram Page for more glowing cityscapes.
“I always wanted to shoot Japan during the winter when it was snowing,” – Jarvinen wrote on his Blog.
“Earlier this year, I got the chance as I headed to Sapporo – the biggest city in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.”
“This city is seriously underrated for street photography – everyone goes to Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, but Sapporo offers some unique scenes especially in the winter time.”
“If you like snow, you get plenty of it during December and especially January and February.”
“It snowed on 70% of the days that I spent there, often for hours at a time.”
“A few times I even got caught in these blizzard-like conditions with extremely high wind and snow.”
“Shooting in conditions like these is quite challenging. I had an umbrella to protect my camera and face from snow and wind, a thick layer of clothing, special touch screen gloves, and heat packs strapped to my chest.”
“I still didn’t last more than 45 minutes in this kind of extreme conditions before I had to go inside an unfreeze – if you’ve never been to a cold country before, make sure you’re well prepared.”
Jarvinen loves so much to take photos at night, and he’s been inspired by cyberpunk and noir films. His favorites include Blade Runner 2049 and Road to Perdition.
“Despite the cold though, I loved shooting here. It was perfect for dark scenes, made it possible to shoot exactly the kind of images that I love the most.”
“I spent most of my time wandering around Susukino, which is the city’s main nightlife and entertainment district – which makes it ideal for photos.”
“Also, some of the Susukino sidewalks are heated. This means that they’re slippery and wet, so if you’re wearing regular sneakers or any non-winter shoe, be careful.”
And this photo reminds you of the scene from which movie?