As someone who spends a lot of time on Instagram, I thought that I could introduce you to some of the excellent street photographers I am following here in Japan. Here's a list of Japanese street photographers you should be following on Instagram this year!
From my phone to an exhibition at the London Leica Café in UK
In August 2017, I won my first photo contest ever. Nothing very glamour, a simple monthly contest from the excellent street photography blog StreetHunters.com. If you're not familiar with them, they put out a new friendly competition every month. The winners get some sort of visibility on their platform (Instagram, blog, etc.), fair enough!
That month, the theme was quite simple: the color yellow. I wanted to give the contest a try, so I started looking in my archives to find a photograph where the color was dominant enough. After going through most of my pictures, I found one from my wedding trip in Japan (2011), a photo that I had never published before. Not even once! I sent it.
The photo was the result of a quick snap from my iPhone 4, and for that reason, I had never considered it as an excellent picture. At that time, I thought those excellent photographers only used cameras, not smartphones. A few weeks later, I received an email from one of the StreetHunters' authors announcing that my picture made it to the top 3. Another week then, a second email came with another good news: I had won the contest!
Gosh! Why the hell did I hide that picture for 6 years!!! I said to myself! From that moment, I started caring more about the content of my images and less about the tool used. I had the proof I was wrong.
Last year, I decided to send the same picture to another contest, the 2018 SPi Award (Street Photography International Award). Again the image was chosen, I made it to the Top 20 finalists, and later it was part of an exhibition at the London Leica Café in the UK. Second proof I was wrong.
As I am writing this blog post, the picture is still published on one the London Leica Café's websites, next to the winning image.
I know that you've heard it before, but I am going to repeat it one more time... Chase Jarvis once said: "the best camera is the one that's with you," and that's fucking true.
Thank you for reading!
I am a "go with the flow" person when it comes to travel for photography purposes, but I know that a lot of you guys like to plan and schedule their itinerary, especially when you're visiting a country for the first time. I wrote this blog, so you can discover an exciting place in Tokyo, a very street photo friendly place.
I have recently posted a video on my Youtube channel concerning Tokyo's best spots (Top 10) to take photographs, and since I really had a blast creating this video, I thought it would be interesting to push a little further and present other places in the Japanese Capital, this time with a focus on street photography. If you consider New York as one of the best street photography destinations in the world, Tokyo is probably the second. Let me prove it to you. (follow me on Instagram).
For this first "Killing the Street in Tokyo" post, I have chosen Ueno as the first location to be featured. Ueno is a fun place to shoot in Tokyo, because of the diversity of its areas. While there is, of course, regular crowded and busy Japanese street, you also find a huge park and a bunch of super busy market streets, the Ameyoko Market. The busy and noisy streets of the market are for me one of the most challenging places in Tokyo to capture street images, but it's okay because I am always looking for a challenge. How about you? :)
In my last Youtube video, I tested Tokyo's ten best places according to the internet.
Perfection does not exist, and it's probably because like everything else, it evolves, transforms, disappears, reappears and finally leaves us alone when we stop thinking about it. The perfect camera, it does not exist either, unless I decide to create it myself! There it is:
This could become the Fujifilm X-S100 or the future X80
X for X series (make sense right?)
S for small or street (your choice)
100 because it would be part of the X100 series (why not?!?)
Here is what I propose:
A device with the dimensions of the Fujifilm X70.
A quality construction like the Fujifilm X100 series.
A 24-megapixel BAYER sensor like the one on the XF10.
The optical viewfinder of the X100 (could be a little smaller)
A very small screen of 1.75 inches, because it is more than enough.
The 23mm f/2 lens of the X100 series.
An integrated flash and of course exactly the same buttons and controls as those on both the Fuji X70 and/or the Fuji X100.
What really matters here, is having a small camera that leaves out the 3-inch screen to insert an optical/electronic viewfinder.
ATTENTION FUJI !!! THE FOLLOWING MODEL COULD HONESTLY BECOME THE FUTURE FUJIFILM X80...
If you are like me and think that a device like this would have its place on the market, write me a few words in the comments section.
Fier d'annoncer que mon projet Connecting the dots in Tokyo fut publié dans l'édition papier (Juillet/Août) du Magazine Koï en France.
Voici quelques clichés de la publication!
New Year in Japan isn't quite the same thing as what we, gaijins (foreigner in Japan), are used to. The traditional decorations and ornaments for the celebration aren't made to be preserved for the next year. They burn them with others goods once the New Year celebrations are over for good health and success. The event is called Dondo Yaki, it is a way to break up with the past and begin the year with a fresh start!
Here's a series of pictures I took from the Dondo Yaki of Kiyotaki in Nikko. The event actually take place right next to my wife's parents' home.
This series was published first on steemit.
That morning, my 4 years old boy got his hair cut. Usually, it is my wife who takes care of this job at home, but since obaachan (grand-mother in Japanese) had an appointment at her salon, we decided to get Keigo a first real Japanese haircut, a mushroom haircut. While this was happening, I put the youngest one on my back with the ergo carrier and went for a street photo walk...
Le mois passé j'ai décidé de mettre sur pied une nouvelle page, où plutôt un nouveau blog qui mettrait en évidence des billets présentant de courtes histoires, accompagnées de photographies de rue. Pour ce faire, j'ai creusé un peu dans mes archives pour y dénicher quelques séries de photos couvrant des évènements d'une journée ou moins, puisque le but était de présenter une suites d'images qui ne peut être présenté comme un projet d'envergure, mais qui toutefois pourrais être intéressant (mon avis) si publiée sous la forme d'une courte histoire.
Avec un peu de recul, j'ai décidé de mettre fin à la vie de ce nouveau site web et simplement de transférer le projet sous forme de billet portant le nom de #shortstreetstories sur le blog de mon portfolio. Why not?
Je vais commencer à transférer les 9 short street stories qui ont déjà été écrites sous peu et commencerai à publier de nouvelle histoire à la sauce Japonaise dès que l'occasion se présentera!
Période d'attente et de préparation. Alors je suis arrivé au Japon au début du mois de Janvier. Présentement je suis toujours dans l'attente d'un Visa de conjoint qui me permettra de travailler légalement. Je devrais recevoir des nouvelles du bureau de l'immigration sous peu, idéalement.
Les deux premiers mois ont passé très vite. J'ai mis beaucoup de temps à préparer un projet qui me permettra de guider les voyageurs et les touriste qui visite Nikko, à travers des excursions photographiques sur mesure. Je vous invite à visiter le site internet www.nikko-guide.com, qui sera la plateforme principale de l'entreprise. J'ajouterai éventuellement sur mon site personnel, une page décrivant les différents services que j'offrirai dès que je serai en possession de mon permis de travail. J'ai également l'intention de proposer des services comme fixer et guide privé/workshop pour les photographes/vidéastes et autres aventuriers qui désirent explorer Tokyo ainsi qu'une partie de la côte qui fut dévastée par le tsunami de 2011 (Tōhoku). Je ferai une mise à jour sur le sujet... vous pouvez me contacter par courriel entre-temps.