I love taking pictures of you. Come over we will hang out and ill take some dandy looking images of you, and we will have a good time. There is a lot of love in these images, these are my friends. I hope to see you too in my galleries someday but for the time being enjoy these moments in my life presented in multiple formats and a lot of feeling.
Pix from the Contemporary Japanese Cinema Film Festival at USC, Little Tokyo After-party and Koreatown After-After party. Featuring such great Japanese directors as Ryuhei Kitamura, Shunji Iwai, Shinji Aoyama. I really loved Shunji Iwai's Love Letter... a personal favorite.
Pretty Pink Princess sits on the hill with many options, the trick is to choose the one where she gets the most flowers in the end. Not everyone has these options or these hills but I am sure she will choose wisely or regret. This universe is the only thing she can know and there is only one chance to live it well as far as we know.
Who knows it may all be a joke, lets laugh as hard as we can.
Tokyo Night 2010 was a blast especially because the great Tomoyuki Tanaka (pictured above with me) a.k.a FPM (Fantastic Plastic Machine), was there to spin to give a the crowd a feel for the real Tokyo style. I saw him twice last month in Tokyo and he was on his game reading the crowd and making us all happy. Club Taotou was a great venue even though I heard a few bad things about it it was great for the huge crowd it attracted.
Beethoven has his 9th, I am not ready to call this that but I did enjoy making these.
Some people really like to capture images with groups of photo buddies, while I do love the crowd and the party when I am out taking those types of image there are times it is good to separate from others influence and take photos that say the most about yourself. That being said these images are about the relationship between people in Tokyo but not necessarily people images. I choose to take photos that can paint a picture of the relationship they have with one another in a city that is flooding with people that they have to create a almost Solitude state while dealing with one another in public.
I really love to put my feet to the ground in Tokyo and walk forever with no certain destination. I can walk in almost Solitude without worry of being bothered and go about my business of making images in the giant Metropolis. This is something that is hard to do in other cities I have visited and live in, especially when photographing people on the street. So you could imagine that taking photos that say something about inner city Solitude is best done by putting yourself in the same state when going about capturing them. Cheers (not a pun), and Enjoy!
No, I'm not wearing the 3-D glasses because of Avatar... heheh. They give a new meaning to the term Beer Goggles when at a party. Enjoy the pix.
Some random shooting around Tokyo hanging out with friends including Yasumasa Yonehara at his Creeps Gallery which is where he conducts quite a few of his shoots and the famous couch that is in so many of his photos. Including a few random observations of cute and neat stuff around Tokyo.
Some pretty great events in Tokyo are thrown by Tokyo Dandy at pretty much my favorite small little club called the Trump Room; other places are bigger but every time I go to the Trump Room I really like the crowd. I also hung out a lot at my other favorite places like lebaron de paris and Velours.
Today is your life.
You're in Great Places!
You're here and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the person who'll decide what to do.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight to Japan.
It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU ARE!