Thursday, January 28, 2010


While on tour in London 2009 I was invited down to the offices of Creative Review Magazine in Oxford Circus to do an interview with Mark Sinclair. It was lovely to be invited by one of my favorite magazines to go and talk about what I do and love, in this case Drainspotting.
I was impressed to see a huge team running the magazine out of a high rise building right off Oxford Street. Check out the magazine and article in the febuary edition - Creative Review.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Katsuyama Manhole cover. LOOK OUT - Its GODZILLA!!! Yes you may think that this big green monster on the cover is Godzilla, but you would be mistaken. The district that this cover is from is famous for archeology of Dinosaurs. Although this looks like Zilla - it is in fact T-REX. Which is just as good in my books. One of our favorites.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Drainspotting will be released by Mark batty
Publlisher in the coming months. Until then welcome
to the online companion to the book Drainspotting
by Remo Camerota and Mark Batty Publisher.
Japanese manhole covers come in many shapes,
colors and sizes, and in Japan, scanning the streets
for a colorful and delightful array of manhole
covers has become a pastime, for both the Japanese
and foreigners looking to experience a distinctly
Japanese visual phenomenon: drainspotting.
I became fascinated by these covers while i was
photographing my first book "Graffiti Japan" also
published by Mark batty Publisher. So of course
with the suggestion by my good friend
Michael Shaun Conaway and the help of my Partner
Hisako Emura we made the first ever book on the subject.
There are many websites dedicated to these wonderful
artifacts, created by the many manhole
maniacs online, and there are even manhole museums
spread throughout Japan, but now there
is the full glossy color book.In this blog i will include
photos and info that did not make it into
the book. And as photographing these manhole
covers is like treasure hunting, i will endeavor
to display newly found drain covers that appear after
the book has been printed and on the shelves.
You can check out my other titles at and


DRAINSPOTTING ON IPAD from Remo Camerota on Vimeo.

Here is a brief look at Drainspotting on the IPAD. Check it out at the app store for IPAD and IPHONE, along with my other photo apps. Its 99c for a short time - while the IPAD is being launched world wide. Also voted as a best designed app by the good folks at
Check it out, love it, download it.