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.
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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.