The shape of Tokyo
1. What initially got you into photography?
Initially it was through skating. I used my first video camera while making skating edits for friends. From then on I guess I’ve been working backwards through technology and away from skating media. I later studied film at college and university and became very interested in cinematography and directing. I used 16mm for my projects and learned a great deal. Around the same time, I became equally interested in printing my own photos. I constructed a darkroom with my father and began to learn everything I could. Cinematography is the most important influence to my photography, so you could say that it was cinematography that introduced me to serious photography.
This is some recent colour work taken in Tokyo and Saitama. The second, third and forth images are printed from cross-processed Fuji Velvia 100. Velvia gives a strong red cast. It’s a bit strong for my taste really but it works well if you have a simple image. The rest of the images were printed from Fuji Natura 1600.
Both the negatives and the prints were developed with the Naniwa color kits. The paper used was Kodak Endura. All the images you can see are scans of the prints.
This short series is from a collection I had built up over last year. Some of the portraits are of people I had met, and the others are merely chances which I chose to capture. I prefer the flatter perspective portraits in the collection over anything else. They just feel more simple.