Digging in – Tokyo Street photography
Recently a few people have been asking me to show more of my work on the site. I am not really a big fan of showing my work and I get pretty nervous about it. But seeing as people are asking I decided to bite the bullet so to speak. Hope you enjoy the images.
Bruce Gilden photography workshop in Tokyo
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend Bruce Gilden’s Street Smart photography workshop hosted by Leica Japan over the weekend. It was a nerve wracking experience and filled with emotional highs and lows. If there is one thing I came away with it is how to swear in a Brooklyn accent, but seriously it was a very valuable experience.
WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SHOOTING AND DEVELOPING FILM OF THE BEAUTIFUL STREETS OF KYOTO?
Do you have a film camera just lying around collecting dust? Have you been ever curious about experiencing the magic of film of creating life in your images by processing your own negatives? Do you wish to gain a new appreciation for the craft and experience of film?
“Conquering Your Fear of Shooting on the Streets” Introduction to Street Photography Workshop in Tokyo with Eric Kim (11/2-11/4)
Have you ever walked on the streets and saw a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared to take the photograph? Would you like to learn how to overcome your fear of shooting on the streets and destroy those moments of hesitation? Do you want to meet other street photographers who are equally as passionate as you? Then this is your chance.
Come to Ginza, the shopping capital of the world
In part 2 of this series we are going to talk about an area that is very close to my heart, as it is where I first got the chance to be JapanCameraHunter. We are talking about Ginza of course.
Well well well, The workshop has finished and it has been emotional
Yes, that is right, the workshop has finished and we had a blast. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us, not just the students but the instructors too. We have made friends from all over the world and have seen each other develop our skills. I have learned a lot too…mainly on how not to organize things, but also a bit about myself as a person.
For the first day we met up in the afternoon and got to know our students a little bit. I was going to be taking the beginner group, so after a nice little meet and greet we hit the streets and found our way into the middle of Shibuya. In retrospect this was not the ideal choice for students who consider themselves to be beginners, as Shibuya is a frenetic place with not a great deal of space to move. For me Shibuya is a great spot to go shooting, but I have been there a lot and have had the time to find the things that I like about the place. I think in future workshops it may be better to ease the beginners into a location that is a bit less hectic. the main point for the first night was to get people out and have them shooting in an area that they were not familiar with, and my focus for the evening was to gauge exactly how confident the students were. We had an interesting night and I learned a little about the styles of my students, which was a lot of fun. After a couple of hours of shooting we filled our rumbling bellies and went our separate ways. I got a couple of interesting shots as I was trying out flash for the first time. It is a lot of fun, but not really my style of photography. I now have a great deal of respect for those that can do it well though.
For day two we had an group discussions about our experiences and the instructors introduced their photography. It was really good to hear a wide variety of thoughts about each others photography and to discuss a bit about ourselves.
After a quick spot of lunch my group and I headed out to Ginza and Yurakucho for an afternoon of shooting. We had a long walk and I got to know my students a little bit better. We had a lot of fun shooting through the backstreets in Yurakucho. The weather gods had decided to bless us with some fantastic light, which I instructed the students to take advantage of. We all walked down the main area in Ginza and I got them to try layering their shots and to take advantage of the long shadow casts. It was really nice to see them going out and giving something different a try. Everyone seemed to have a good time and towards dusk we headed back to the Gotanda centre to talk about our experiences and for more workshop tutorials.
In the evening we had organized a smashing dinner at the famous Gonpachi restaurant, the same one that the set of the Kill Bill fight sequence was based on. After a bit of a mixup with the booking we managed to get everyone fed and watered. A good amount of beer was consumed and I tried to get around to speak to as many people as possible. Apologies if I didn’t managed to speak to you all, I tried my best.
The final day and the weather was perfect, which was a huge shame as we has soooo much to do in the workshop that we didn’t actually have time to get out and shoot before we headed off to the Leica party. Eric hosted a workshop before we had an image critique of the students work. It was really amazing to see the work of the students and to see how much they had developed in only two days. A very humbling experience in my opinion. It gave me a lot of pride to see images that they had taken whilst out with me.
After the critique we rushed to to Leica Ginza to finish the rest of the critique and to have the ceremony for the competition.
Leica Japan very kindly offered some lovely prizes of a Magnum photobook, a Leica calendar and a Leica diary for the winner of the best shot of the weekend. There were also several other lovely prizes for runners up and different categories. Champagne flowed and people laughed, it was a lovely ending to a fantastic weekend.
This was a great workshop and a fantastic experience. I was able to show something and teach something to a really enthusiastic bunch of people and I feel like I have made a lot of new friends. It also got me to get out of the photographic rut that I was in. The energy of the students and the way that they saw things really made me think a lot about the way I shoot and how I can develop myself as a photographer. I am really looking forward to teaching another one of these and I hope you are all looking forward to coming to another one.
I am hoping to come and teach in Los Angeles sometime in the new year, I hope you can come and work with me and I look forward to seeing you.
Tonight is the night! The first night of the Tokyo Street Photography workshop hosted by Eric Kim. Eric arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday and has already been living it up with myself and Charlie Kirk. He has seen the sights and is now ready to get the show started. It seems that Eric is loving Tokyo too (despite the prices).
As part of the workshop we have teamed up with Leica Japan to show the best of the Leica lineup and to give the students a chance to have a hands on with the gear. We will also be having an exclusive party hosted by Leica on the final night. Pretty cool really.
Leica have been kind enough to loan me an M9 for the duration of the workshop, and I have to say I am really enjoying it. It is a fantastic camera. Well built and well balanced it is perfect with my 35mm Summicron ASPH. The images are sharp and well rendered too. I think I am going to have to get one of my own after this.
I am really looking forward to getting a fair bit of use out of this thing and having a good time with the students. I shall be teaching the beginner group and we are going to have a great time. The weather is a bit grotty, but it doesn’t matter, we will wrap up warm and get to it, shooting everywhere we possibly can. There is a lot to see and only a small amount of time to see it, so we are going to do our very best to make sure the students have a fantastic experience.
All of these pictures are ones that I have taken with the M9 since Eric arrived. I am really starting to enjoy using this thing. Though my love is still film, there is no denying the convenience that this camera demonstrates.
I hope you enjoy the shots and enjoy eric’s videos. We are going to be doing updates and blog posts about the workshop so keep on coming back and see what we get.
Ever wanted to come to Tokyo? Ever wanted to shoot street photography here? Well this is your chance….the legendary Eric Kim is coming to Tokyo to run a street photography workshop with yours truly, Alfie Goodrich of Japanorama and guest speaker Charlie Kirk.
Yes, that is right, we are going to be running a street photography workshop on the dazzling streets of Tokyo in December. Feel the hustle bustle of one of the busiest cities on earth, see the bright lights and feel the energy of a city that never sleeps. Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities on earth, and now you have the chance to come here and improve you street photography at the same time.
This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn more about how to build more courage when shooting on the streets, as well as what makes a great street photograph. With tons of hands-on guidance we will learn how to get close to our subjects and be given certain assignments when shooting on the streets.
The workshop will run from Friday December 2nd until Sunday Dec 4th, with a complete set of workshops for all levels, critiques, street walks, group activities and a special event on the final evening hosted by Leica Japan. This is surely not to be missed, a real once in a lifetime opportunity.
You can also pre-register with us by using this contact form.
The course will be charged at $600 ($495 early-bird special before November 15th). Payment can be paid with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal. Here is a link to the paypal payment page in case you want to book a place now.
The cost of the workshop will include the instruction fee, location rental, as well as meals (breakfast and lunch). We also are so confident you will enjoy the workshop that we are offering a 100% money-back guarantee.
This course is strictly limited to 20 people, so first come first served. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Bag shot number 5 and we have the bag of a great photographer and good friend
Today’s bag is from a good friend and talented photographer Adrian Storey, aka Uchujin. Uchujin is a well known face around the Tokyo street photography scene. He has a popular blog and is not just a photographer, but a film-maker too. You can see more of his work at www.uchujin.co.uk
This is quite possibly the fullest (and cutest) bag I have seen. I have newfound respect for a man who can carry this around all day long, I certainly couldn’t.
Now, I shall let Uchijin tell us all what is in his bag….
I’m Uchujin a.k.a. Adrian Storey.
I’m an English photographer/film maker who has been living in Tokyo for the past 5 years.
I shoot some street photography, social documentary photography, commercial photography and I am a film maker.
I shoot all digital these days as I love the images and video that come out of the 5D mkII.
This is the bag I carry everywhere with me everyday, it often contains a book and bottle of water too.
Yes it’s heavy but it does mean I’ve always got EVERYTHING I need
From the left – on the bag…..
Hat-bought at Perth International airport, soft and comfy and protects my sensitive forehead from the sun.
Heso magazine press pass-good for blagging entry to events
Card case-It’s Japan, man – never leave home without business cards
Respro City Cycling face mask – good for pollution when cycling, and for wearing at demo’s where the police like to take your picture
Canon 5D MkII w Canon 50mm f1.4 – beautiful images and video, what more can I say
Sigma 20mm f1.8 – wide, but with minimal distortion, great for video
From the top left – on the floor……..
Ebay Chinese Timer remote – for timelapses (1/10 the price of the canon one, thx China!)
Lens cleaning kit-Fluid, lens cloths, lens pen
Spare 5D battery – also Ebay knockoff, bit less juice but again MUCH cheaper
100Y CF card case- contains 2 spare 8GB cards
3 random AA batteries
3 pens of various colours
Benetton “my chopsticks, spoon and fork” set – because wooden disposable chopsticks are evil, in pink (natch)
Glasses case – containing prescription sunglasses
Pucca case containing iPhone charging cable
Audio technica iPhone headphones – for listening to the Smiths on the way home from work
Stamp seal – 宇宙人 logo, for stamping prints and freaking out postmen
Earplugs – can’t sleep without them!
Paracetamol – from Australia, f%^k paying Japanese prices for pain killers
Cash – not enough, never enough
Anime wallet – contains health insurance card and numerous loyalty cards
Ebay Gorilla-pod knock off – strong, excellent and way cheaper than the real thing
Rode videomic pro w/ optional “dead cat” windscreen – improves sound for video in the 5D immeasurably
Bag – Crumpler Horseman, best god damn bag ever! super strong and durable, 4 years old and still going strong
Thanks for sharing your bag with us Uchujin, we always love to see what makes a photographer tick.
Keep them coming folks, get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al).
Well, I thought it time that I put up a video about the notorious Araki. You cannot really escape his photography and the impact that he has had on Japanese photography. I was never a particular fan of the man or his work until I watched a documentary about him recently. What I saw was an image of a monster, a caricature of this man that he is meant to be, yet his inner persona showed through sometimes and I saw him to be a lonely figure, with a very very intense view of the world that he chases to capture.
Watching the documentary gave me a bit of a different view of the man and his work. Although he is still not my favorite photographer, I can understand his place in photographer better and I have more respect for him. His intensity and passion for photography is inspiring.
I hope that you enjoy this video, watch some more and see how truly passionate this man is.