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.
May 23, 2017
When I made the move to change my life and come to Tokyo, I had in mind a great series of portrait of the Tokyo Youth. The cool and the pretty people. After 6 months, I have finally started my project.
The concept is simple: I take one roll of medium format film, which gives me 10 pictures, and invite myself in the life of someone from Tokyo. If I fuck up shots, so be it. Life ain’t perfect 🙂 But it’s not just pictures, I also try to learn more about their lives (which is why I waited 6 months, my japanese is now almost basic enough to talk!) and what is cool in Tokyo.
I hope that the pictures have a natural and intimate feeling because that is all I’m going for.
Anyway, my first one is Akira! Whom I met at the Saint Laurent Party. The pictures are in the chronological order of our encounter! Hopefully I will get more and more meat in the replies as I go along 😉
Next week: Sai!
What do you do?
Any particular designer you are wearing right now?
I wear a lot of vintage.
Why did you choose this location and surroundings?
It’s the place where I have met the most people and where I always hang out.
Where do you go with your friends to have fun?
I always come here, in Harajuku.
Where do you spend your ‘leisure’ money?
Shopping, of course.
Where do you go in Tokyo to relax?
Usually, in any cute café in Omotesando.
What’s your main hobby?
I’m a bookworm.
What is your favorite clothing store?
The vintage shops in this area, so many to choose from!
Favorite current movies?
The Devil Wears Prada.
What is on your playlist?
Yasuda Lei / Brand New Day.
How would you describe your style?
A strong women who doesn’t hide herself.
Do the arts influence it?
I try to take life in as much as I can, you can see a lot in Tokyo so I try to feel them by myself as much as I am able 🙂
Thank you Akira!