Photos taken on January 11, 2017
So it all started when I was walking on Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. I saw a photographer, probably around my age, directing his model for what seems to be a photoshoot. I mean like, I knew what they were doing cause I was like yooooo I do the same thing LOL. So I just approached him with my camera, and asked to take a photograph of him and the person he was shooting. We went to the formalities, and his name was Nao. After, we chatted for a bit, and he did not know much English. Also, I did not know a lick of Japanese. BUT. Google Translate was our friend. We ended up trading contacts after swapping those Instagram handles. And boom! Got a connect (and the start of a beautiful new international friendship hehe)! Which brings me to Kensho. I was able to meet with Kensho through Nao, as a few days after we met, we linked up again, and he introduced us.
So from the get go, Kensho was like, LITTTTTT. His style was on point, and definitely someone very interesting to photograph. The dude wore a padlock, and has his patches safety pinned onto his jean jacket.
Here I was, hanging out with two Tokyo locals, photographing such a character, and I was just blessed. I came to Japan knowing no one, and ended up befriending these guys who I know I'd link up with again once I visit.
With this photoshoot, I really tried to play with different color themes:
Being in Japan, I was not only inspired in style, but also on my photography. Through meeting with Nao, he showed me some of his photographer inspirations, and I was inspired too! Hanging out with locals in Japan, walking the streets of Harajuku, it's an experience I'll always keep in the back of my mind. We would just walk, and they'd be speaking and Japanese, and I'd just smile along with them LOL. But I'm real glad that photography has gotten me connected with strangers, now friends. This photoshoot really helped add another layer of photography that I felt I always lacked.
So if I wanted you to take something from this, I'd say to get out of your comfort zone, and go out there, and meet some people. And I mean anywhere! Even here back home. I think the greatest people you can meet, are just out there walking the same streets you do. Go for it!