Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs is a book – primarily in photographs, but also in text – about the art, design, and themes of Tokyo DisneySea. It’s over 130 photographs and 7000 words about the park, attempting to paint an emotional and conceptual picture of what the park is both attempting and accomplishing. It’s one of the very few books focusing on photographs of Tokyo DisneySea (and definitely the least expensive that I know of). It also represents, to my knowledge, the first iBook devoted to the design and execution of any single Disney theme park.
I tried to put together a book that wouldn’t just explain to a Disney fan or a theme park fan why DisneySea is amazing, but one that would get across to anybody why the park is significant. Like any group of fans, fans of theme park design can tend to spend too much time bickering amongst themselves about the small things rather than pushing the big picture. Themed entertainment has a hard enough time breaking free of its low-brow, child-centric stereotype and I wanted to put together something that helps make the case that the emotional collection of art, architecture, food, and visceral experience that compose a theme park is truly an art form, albeit on that is largely commercial, but one worthy of appreciation regardless.
Aside from general busyness, a large reason I’ve been seemingly photographically MIA lately is that I’ve been putting this book together. I don’t run a website or a podcast or put out iPhone apps to help support my photography. Like most of you, photography is something I support with my own money and time. If you ever wanted to say “thanks” or show any support, buying this book would be a great way to do so. If you do purchase it and like it, iTunes reviews/ratings would be especially appreciated.