Glow

Xavier Portela

In July 2014, I discovered Tokyo for the first time and I was overwhelmed by the city atmosphere. When I came back I went through my photos but ended up disappointed by the result. I couldn’t reproduce that feeling you get when you are in the middle of the street, of the chaos with all those people around you, the noise, the electricity. This overwhelming atmosphere wasn’t there anymore.

Two years later, inspired by the way Japanese anime are colorized, I decided to give it another try by editing the colours of my photos in order to get more atmosphere and emotions from them.
Happy with the results I started publishing them and I decided to make it my personal project for the coming years.

Glow is a collection of cities captured by night where the colours try to activate the brain in order to reproduce the variables you don’t have on a photo, such as temperature, noise, motion. Glow is what you remember instead of what you’ve seen of a place.