Don't Panic Exclusive: Czech Photographer David Tesinsky


Written by James Ratcliffe
02 Monday 02nd December 2013

Dont Panic talked to David last week, discussing some some of his most powerful projects: The Man Machine and City Of Ghosts.

The Man Machine

'The life of a Japanese businessmen is often very stereotypical and dry. Most days start around 5am, busy trains, including the transfers on extremely busy stations, into the same repetitive work place, everyday. The working day ends late in the night, travelling the same route back. However it is not uncommon to drink up the everyday stereotype after work into the local Izakayas (pubs), not making it back home. Often from one of these two reasons: because the amount of alcohol in the blood has overrun the ability to make it back home (walk). So it's very common to see the drunk sleeping businessmen, of course still in the suit with necktie and case, laying anywhere in any position in the streets. Next to door entrances, or in fast food chains of japanese cities like Tokyo. Businessmen also reside in "Manga Coffee's" or any other internet coffee shops which are opened 24 hours a day, one of their personal favourites to sleep in is Mcdonald's.

The relative majority of businessmen can't even earn enough money, just surviving in the robotic world of stereotypes, very rarely partaking in something creative. A common habit is visiting casinos or reading the mangas (anime comics) in the nearest supermarket. In Japan it is usually very difficult to make some kind of change. I met one 66 year old guy from North Korea living in Japan. We spent some time chatting, then he told me: "You're too sensitive to stay here with these robots". Many people in Japan feel very alone and isolated and it's very common to not have even a single friend. Sometimes businessman decide to end their lives by jumping under a train or by any means necessary.'


City Of Ghosts

'I wanted to investigate the slum areas of Japan, although most of residents think that there is nothing like this in existence. Although one local told me there is a place called Airin Chiku slum in Osaka but they said it might not be the best idea for a white guy to come along with a camera around his neck and shoot. However it was the best idea I could of could imagined. In the beginning it was slow but people started to conform around me and ask me questions but most of them do not speak any english. I spent 3 full days there, drinking beers and sake, playing music and experiencing random fun the local people. They were buying me beers all the time, they wouldn’t let me buy them a beer even one single time. They also were kind enough to give me the acoustic guitar they had.'

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