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One step forward at home



In the situation where the outside activity is limited, it is much more difficult to take photos like before.

As I gave it a few minutes to think about how we can make use of this time, I decided to look back at my photos and think about my style- which has shown me the answer for the “uncomfortableness” I used to feel when taking photos, and shown a new direction.

So here is what I did and what I realized.


Looking back photos I have taken before




It happens that you are not fully taking time to review the photos when you can shoot outside whenever you feel like- maybe it is high time that we should do it.

As I look back at the photos I have taken, I realised that I was trying to take the photos I like, and those are different from what I want to take photos of. 

It made me feel much more comfortable to know the answer for the unexplainable uncomfortableness which I have been feeling for a long time.


The photos I like

僕が好きな写真は、ライブ感があってストーリーを感じる写真とか、発見や面白さのある写真。写真家で言えば、William Klein, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, 植田正治が好きな写真家であり、好きな写真です。過去の自分は、それをなぞろうとしていたと思います。見る分には良いですが、なぞろうとしている自分に違和感があったのです。それがモヤモヤの原因でした。

I love photos which tell me stories, and give me new discoveries and perspectives. 

I love photographers such as William Klein, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, and Shoji Ueda- and I, in the past, was trying to imitate their styles- and this was what was making me dubious and unconvinced about my photography.


The photos I want to take


When I think, the photos I want to take were very different from the photos I like to look at- it was what I was naturally taking photos of when I originally started to take photos

For example, lights, shades and fragments of many things. Shapes which were combined by the lights and shades, and the imagination which flourishes from the fragments- those were the very things which I was attracted to. 

Later when I introduced myself to street photography through looking at photos and reading books, maybe I was forcing myself to take photos within their definition of “street photography”. However as I broadened my perspectives, I realised the styles of street photography were diverse, and thus I should be myself and explore my style. 

I had been taking photos of lights and shades as well when I mainly shoot people, however I feel either was “half-baked” and I was not committed enough- I am very from now on I can be honest to myself and take photos focusing on my own feelings.


To “Stop and think” for the next steps


I am learning so much as I stay home facing myself and my style.

When trying to create something, we sometimes tend to put ourselves in our own shell and struggle- however when you “stop and think”, you might be able to find answers by yourselves and step forward.





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