The lights at the end of the tunnel

A green star burns at the vanishing point of an urban skyline. A yellow zeppelin disappears round a busy corner. These mysterious glowing objects — which are probably decidedly less mysterious if you read Japanese — are in fact lights on top of Tokyo taxis, as captured by photographer Alexander James and displayed in a new London exhibition. 

James began the series in 1996, has made numerous journeys to Japan to capture taxi lights of all shapes and hues, and says he particularly likes "the way the landscape interacts with the reflective surfaces of the taxi". His colourful photographs of these playful, inventive objects remind us once again how many things the Japanese get right (rumour has it their drivers will even go south of the river).

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Taxi by Alexander James is on at The Coningsby Gallery, London W1, until 24 April, www.coningsbygallery.com