My heart was led by the vending machine shining in winter nights: Eiji Ohashi’s lonely Roadside Lights
Eiji Ohashi is a photographer from Hokkaido who has spent the past few years creating images of lonely roadside vending machines across Japan. His completed series Roadside Lights, is a meditation on Japanese culture itself. He tells Aerostorie that the series is a way of showing Japan and its unique relationship with vending machines to the wider world.
“My heart was led by the appearance of a vending machine shining in winter nights. I think that my feelings come from Japanese mentality,” Ohashi says, reflecting on his slightly unusual subject matter.
He notes that the apparent loneliness within the images are a reflection, in part, of Japanese culture.
“We are blessed with modern people, but at the same time we have loneliness – this seems to overlap with the figure of the vending machine.”