Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Experiments in Shadow and Light


 Here are a smattering of randoms taken throughout the end of January. I feel like February snuck up behind me and pulled itself over my eyes before I knew what was going on. Chilly days, wintry wind, but amazingly warm sunny afternoons still brighten things up. These two black and white shots were taken in the morning, facing into the light on the way to work.


 I've been doing quite a few photoshoots in Tokyo again, and I can't wait to show you all the resulting pieces. But in between, it's also very calming and centering to snap unexpected shots such as these.


 In the evening, on my way home from work. It's already completely dark every night when I leave the office, and that frustrates me since I would give anything to be wandering about in the soft afternoon light I love so much. At least for now, I settle and live for the weekends.


Of course, food always helps :)
Amazing ramen in Asakusa.


Tree shadows creeping along a stone wall.




Holding together.


 More food :)


Yum yum! 
The sweet black beans and clear jelly were kinda weird... 
but looove the green tea ice cream and mochi!


Train passenger at night.


And now, a few of me playing around in that afternoon light I keep going on about:


Hmm. Stretchable.



 Even warmer :)

I know that photography is one of the most difficult industries to get into in terms of career.. perhaps even tougher than music. Given that, I would be content to split myself into two and have one earn the money in a regular job, and the other one dancing off to do photoshoots all day long. Unluckily, we don't yet have the technology for body&mind splitters, nor do I have the unlimited energy supply for two. I'm also afraid of what might happen if I even do get my toe into the photography industry... will I lose my passion to create if it becomes just work? Would the same thing happen as with music? But I also like to think that I'm wiser now, with a firmer grip on what I want to happen, and more ability to make things happen myself rather than depending on others. I think that's the key these days - having a vision, a strong will, and the perseverance to see it all through.

I've been setting up photoshoots with some models through modeling agencies in Tokyo, and today I went to visit a new agency I'll be working with on some shoots soon. The agency staff member I met there was very kind, and really took his time talking with me (unlike one experience where the agency person talked to me for all of about two minutes before indicating we were finished.. guess she was busy though!). What was really striking about our conversation though, was that he gave me some really constructive and encouraging feedback - a first from these visits with agencies.

He mentioned that while they have many photographers who have contacted their agency for model photoshoots, and many of them professional photographers, he really liked my style of photography and found it different. He said that rather than photos depicting posing models, he felt that my work represented the personality of each person in the photo.

Wow. I was overjoyed to hear that... because honestly, that's exactly what I want to do. If possible, I would love to capture the true personalities and natural souls of the people who stand before my camera. I know the needs of the industry could be very different - highly edited fashion spreads, studio images with complicated lighting setups, calling on the model to deliver a certain face or pretend to be a certain character. There are always specific needs. And I'm not saying those won't be fun to learn and try too.

But I think I've found, or at least semi-defined, my core in terms of photography.
And it's exactly what the agency staff member I met today described. 
As a photographer, I want to capture who people really are. Their movements, their atmosphere. Their laughter, their sadness. Their vivid emotions.
I want to express that, to tell their stories through my photography, moment by preserved moment.
And to tell mine.