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Cody Ellingham is a photographer who seeks out the beauty of cities by night
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DERIVE Means To Wander.

Photographic Explorations of the World’s Cities at night, by Cody Ellingham.

In 2014 photographer Cody Ellingham set out to live a different kind of life.

Inspired by literature and story-telling, Cody began a journey as a perpetual wanderer that would take him from the countryside of those Southern Islands to an odyssey to the world’s megacities and beyond in his photographic series of Blade Runner-inspired neon cityscapes called DERIVE.


Derive delivers a quarterly print zine and digital content through Patreon.

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Cody Ellingham & DERIVE have been featured by:


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Bangkok Series

Bangkok / Derive Wanderer Zine #5

The latest DERIVE series exploring the nocturnal backstreets of Bangkok.
Magazine + Photo Series

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Shanghai Streets

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Shanghai Streets / Derive Wanderer Zine #4

Join Cody as he explores the disappearing architecture of Shanghai’s Shikumen Lanehouses.
These iconic buildings once covered most of the city but now they are an endangered species.
Cody photographs the buildings with an iconic blue / red color scheme to represent the old and new.

Magazine + Photo Series

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Dreams of Hong Kong

Dreams of Hong Kong / Derive Wanderer Zine #3

Photographed while living in the infamous Chungking Mansion, this series explores the vertical cityscape slums and incredible vertigo-inducing architecture of Hong Kong.

Magazine + Photo Series

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DERIVE Tokyo

The original exploration of Tokyo’s rain-soaked and beautiful neon nights.

DERIVE Tokyo

The DERIVE Tokyo series lifted the lid on a new way of looking at Japan’s largest city.
Through the lens of the old and new, Cody seeks out both retro-futurism and cyberpunk aesthetics in this captivating series of images of a city at night.

Magazine / Exhibition / Photo Series


Danchi Dreams

Danchi Dreams tells the story of disappearing Japanese Public Housing Apartments and modern architecture.
Exhibition in Tokyo and Photobook successfully funded on
Kickstarter.

Website: www.danchi-dreams.com
First Edition of Danchi Dreams is Sold Out

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The End of an Era

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WELLINGTON EXPERIENCE

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TOKYO NIGHTS

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TAIWAN

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1964 – The Architecture of the Tokyo Olympics

Collaboration with Pen Magazine International ▸

Wandering the Hotel Okura

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Love Hotel Hill

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Wanderer Interview: Matthieu Bühler

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SHANGHAI STREETS

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DANCHI DREAMS

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Bookshelves – Story by
Hengtee Lim

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Nagasaki

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OSAKA

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SHIBUSAWA MOUNTAIN

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Wanderer Magazine

Explore places and architecture through Derive Wanderer,
a small magazine published 4 times a year.

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