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What Else is There for Us to Do?

Hamza Tariq

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in Tokyo with the phantom photographer from Pakistan.

Laugh at the absurdity that is life. What else is there for us to do?”

Hamza Tariq

An eerie calm before a storm is palpable in the air of a rainy Tokyo evening. In this case, the imminent tempest is the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Tokyo is on the verge of a state emergency, just like many other cities, and photographer Hamza Tariq captures this uncanny moment with a ghost-like gaze and 50 mm lens for his Instagram profile (@hamzadoesnotexist). After all, he is part phantom according to his bio.

Tariq’s photos do not show the cyberpunk wonderland you see in Hollywood movies or anime comics, but the real Tokyo. With the hindsight of the city-stopping crisis, a somber mood amplifies into a subtle tear-jerker. However, that doesn’t stop the glowing signs from shining brighter and more vividly in the misty haze, a bit ridiculous in this context. As time passes and those tears dry up, the absurdity becomes laughable. So, look, cry and laugh both at Hamza’s world and your own.

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