New York Glow
In 2012 Xavier left his job to become a full-time freelance photographer and filmmaker undertaking various assignments in both disciplines.
“The initial idea came from frustration after capturing night scenes of Tokyo a few years ago,” explains Xavier. “The photographs were ok, but I couldn’t get that ‘electricity’ feeling that you get when you are on location.
“So I left those pictures there for years. Until one day after watching some Japanese manga, I remembered those shots, and I thought ‘what if I try to mess with the colours and atmosphere of those compositions? Could it help to reproduce the feeling you get when you arrive in those places?’ I wanted those pictures to look as if they came straight out of a manga. That’s how I landed on the idea of processing all the colours to make it more vibrant and powerful.”