On the way to Shimoda

On the way to Shimoda


On the way to Shimoda


On the Way to Shimoda. On the Way to Shimoda is a series of images taken on my phone, through a train window, as I travelled between Fujisawa and Shimoda in Japan. It was influenced by both John Baldessari’s random street experiments and the use of photography as a form of map-making or topographical study pioneered in Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip.”

On a personal level, this work for me is about the horizon, the point at which we as humans have marked our presence against nature and the heavens. It is also about how the journey is more important than the destination.






101.6cm x 76.2cm


Tech data:

Giclée Print


Artist: David Houghton



    Title: On the way to Shimoda

    Year: 2019

    Size: 101.6cm x 76.2cm

    Tech data: Giclée Print



    David Houghton


    David Houghton is a photographer and artist. His work deals with the themes of transience, imperfection and time’s passing, inspired by the Japanese philosophies of Mono No Aware and Wabi Sabi.

    Influenced by the photography of Bernd and Hilla Becher, paintings of Agnes Martin and films of Yasujirō Ozu, he often utilises grids and interval techniques similar to time-lapse photography. Much of his canon combines multiple photographs to create a single image which, when viewed in its entirety, takes on a whole new collective ambience to its constituent parts.

    In 2019 he was one of the winners in the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2019, coming 2nd in the single image category, with On the way to Shimoda.

    Although based in the historic UK city of Cambridge, much of his source material is derived from his trips to Japan – a compelling influence on his creations.



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