I was lucky enough to travel with Japan for the first time this year with my buddy Lucas (first blog post here) and even more amazingly I got to go again for two weeks later in the year for a commercial gig with PayPal in November. In between the scout days, shoot days, and travel days I was able to do a bit of personal street photography which is this collection here in the post. After the first week was done shooting my girlfriend Kelsey flew in and we spent a week together around Tokyo and Kyoto.
Before my first trip to Japan in May I came across the work of Joel Meyerowitz with his new book “Where I Find Myself” and his work mixed in with a new realization of how important it is to photograph life and not just the work you’re hired for really put me in a new state of mind for photographing my own life and how I draw from it. If you photograph your life as you go along then at the end of it all you’ll have a body of work that’s extremely important to you, but none the less a body of work that you can share with people. The book also led me to another avenue of learning which was Annie Leibovitz’s Masterclass and she brings up the idea that one of the most important things you can do as a progression of a photographer is photograph your life and share it with the world. What does it mean to be a working photographer and also what is a photographer’s life? I’m still in the process of what those both mean but I hope that by sharing and writing about my commercial and also personal work then we can figure those out together.
Below is a collection of my images from the second round in Japan for two weeks.