I was never really good with words.

So I discovered poetry in pictures. Stories emerge where lines meet and colors merge. Frame by frame, subjects reveal to me pieces of their personal narratives.
Avid lover of Japan’s unique lifestyle, I took my film camera and spent a year capturing the youth culture.
By shooting in analog format, I aspired to connect with my subjects in all of their subtleties. Thus, I learned more with less.

I found focus in the blurry.

Little did I know that this journey would deeply shape my identity as a photographer.
I hope that emotions can transcend through these images to inspire you.

Here are the stories they chose to tell.


This is an editorial shot for Fashion Grunge. I first saw Saki on an editorial on hypebeast and then I discovered that she was an artist as well as a model. I loved her art and I really wanted to work around that. I came with that idea and I asked her to add her own story to my pictures. It was shot on film in Tokyo.

Concept and photography: Jean-Guillaume Bastin (@commedesbatards– www.commedesbatards.com)
Model and Art: Saki Watanabe (@_2black4you)
Make-Up: Maila Tsuboi (@Maila_Tsuboi)
Hair: Madoka Anai (@nncllv)
Style: Takashi Sekiya (@Takashi_V)
Vintage fashion throughout