A visual project by Cody Ellingham.

I wander through the urban landscape and neon fantasies of TOKYO.

This was the world's first cyberpunk city;
A metropolis of technological marvel and tradition,
a forest of powerlines hanging over an ancient shrine,
a lonely alley illuminated by a million burning lights.

The new and old come together to create layers of meaning.

To DERIVE is to drift through the city, to see the future.





Cody Ellingham is an award-winning designer and art director based in TOKYO, Japan.

He first came to Japan in 2012 to study Japanese literature and media. In those days he often wandered late into the night, exploring the streets and being inspired by the city.

He went on to work at a leading creative agency before launching his own studio, CBJE, in 2015.