Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

The Taxi Lights of Tokyo is a wonderful collection of color photographs by New York City street photographer Joseph O. Holmes. It’s an incredible series of images, which captures the spirit of a city that glitters and shines much like Times Square. The photographs reflect a nighttime urban mood that seems always the same, with scenes that are enhanced by the colorful out-of-focus background of other lighted signs.

In light of the devastation unleashed by the recent massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, readers might wish to consider making a donation to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund, or to Doctors Without Borders.

Tokyo Taxis: The Colorful Taxis of the City

Taxi Stand: Taxi Lights in Tokyo

Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

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Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes

Are you talkin’ to me?
Well, I’m the only one here.
–Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver”

All Hail to Taxi Cabs! is a superb collection of beautiful photographs taken of taxi cabs from all around the world.  From our own perspective of experiences as passengers riding in the cabs cruising around our towns and cities, many of the photographs of the taxis presented here are both old and rare, and can elicit both feelings of nostalgic reminiscence and memories from earlier times in our lives.

But these remarkable photographs draw upon yet another perspective, that of the often isolated taxicab driver.  “Are you talkin’ to me?  Well, I’m the only one here,” said Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.  It is this last line, “Well, I’m the only one here,” that has seldom ever gotten quoted.  Yet, it stands as perhaps the truest line in the film.  In a sense, taxi drivers throughout the world represent people with a desperate need to make some kind of contact somehow, to share or mimic the effortless social interactions they see all around them, but in which they can’t or don’t really participate.  This feeling of utter loneliness is at the center of the film Taxi Driver.  We have all felt as alone as Travis.  Fortunately, most of us are better at dealing with it.

Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

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Photo of the Day: Looking Down On All The City Taxis

Photo of the Day: Looking Down On All The City Taxis

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players….

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Photo of the Day: Three Cabs and Steam

Photo of the Day: Three Cabs and Steam

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Photo of the Day: The Pigeon Races a Taxi on Steel

Photo of the Day: The Pigeon Races a Taxi on Steel

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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