I tend to shoot as I am going about my life so much of my photography is 'daily life' or places I have chosen to visit. I have not actually photographed many of the 'tourist' places and I probably need to do a bit more of that.
While I have not completed my Finland winter stories, I shall bring you back to Japan, precisely to one of the most crowded and vibrant cities in the world, heaven for street photographers: Tokyo.
One of my favourite spots in Tokyo to wonder around photographing and a paradise for street photographers is Ginza; the Grande Dame of high-end shopping in Tokyo. This is the place where all the main fashion brands show their beauty and richness by installing enormous stores and decorating the spaces with the most extravagant architectures and billboards.
There is also a sort of sophistication that Ginza still holds onto that the other districts just do not have thanks in part to its wide streets and sidewalks. This makes a much more relaxing place to shop. I would love to go back again and again and again, as there is always something new happening in these crowded and exciting streets.
I love black and white photography. It's part of how I take photos and I couldn’t imagine photography without it. Some of my favourite images I’ve ever seen or taken have been black and white. There is a timeless sense to a colourless image, it strips away distractions like colour and makes you focus on a true moment, feeling or scenario. It seems like a simple enough thing but there is a certain and definitive art to creating a great black and white.
I love creating with the intention that something will be black and white. I don’t shoot in black and white, I shoot for black and white. It’s a mindset.
There are some other photos taken at Ginza which I’ve chosen to let go. Because so much of a shot should be predetermined by an idea and purposefulness of shooting, if I find myself trying to figure out whether it’s a shot worth keeping, then it’s already a lost cause.
I’m more than happy to let go of an image that just isn’t working and move on. It’s just part of photography.
Stay tuned for more updates and check out my travel blog in the coming weeks!