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.
July 11, 2017
Everytime I met Sakuma on the street, he was wearing these crazy vintage outfits. Like, vintage vintage. If you check my feed on Instagram, you can see what I’m talking about! So, I wasn’t really surprised when he decided to take me to Shimokitazawa, which is quite THE area for vintage. It’s a very cool neighborhood not far from Shibuya and Shinjuku, filled with little vintage shops, records store and cute cafés. It also has a different vibe, a bit oldish. Which is pretty cool! He made me walk through the whole area so that was pretty fun.
What do you do?
Any particular designer you are wearing right now?
Why did you choose this location and surroundings?
I come to Shimokitazawa because there are many vintage shops.
Where do you go with your friends to have fun?
I often go to coffee shops when I hang around with my friends.
Where do you spend your ‘leisure’ money?
I only spend my money on clothes.
Where do you go in Tokyo to relax?
I like to go to Kichijoji (ghibli museum station).
What’s your main hobby?
I watch a lot of movies.
What is your favorite clothing store?
My favorite vintage shop is Apollo in Harajuku.
Favorite current movies?
I recently watched Trainspotting 2.
What is on your playlist?
How would you describe your style?
I love to wear clothes that fits me and are not restriced by price or design.
Do the arts influence it?
I’m highly influence by the actor Eika.
Thank you Sakuma! Had a cool time in that neigbhorhood, always a pleasure.
Next week, another young young guy, Shota!