A man, a plan, a camera: Taigan. Pardon the hackneyed expression, but the simplicity of this phrase actually suits the work of Japanese photographer Arata Dodo pretty well. Sometimes armed with little more than a Google Maps printout for reference, Dodo traveled through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia—the five countries that border the Caspian Sea in Western Asia. He returned with snapshots that are by turns humorous and lonely, always rendered in a deep shade of blue. Given that Dodo's work focuses on the body of water (Taigan means "Opposite Shore"), it's probably not too far-fetched to think that he chose this color palette to match his subject. I'm impressed by the way that Dodo has made such excellent images out of such a simple idea. These days, the idea of the roving, rambling, film-shooting photographer almost seems like a cliche, but Dodo is not acting out a fantasy; he's committed to his work.