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.

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

“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.”

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)

(Eiji Ohashi)