I find myself searching before my short trip to Tokyo. Three days. I am often here, I pop in the door, say hello to all inside, and leave. That is my relationship with this city.
I usually come for business, and I often find myself gifted with a lot of time to be still with myself, and stir the pot of myself and who I am.
This time around, I was able to do a test shoot. Tokyo is a fairly tricky place for me to find locations that agree with me. Ironically, the Japanese aesthetic isn’t always pleasing to my eye, and the city even less. I oftentimes seek visual refuge an hour or two outside of Tokyo, just to sit within more green, more ocean, more movement of the environment that isn’t just the people.
I discovered online, a quaint Japanese teahouse in the middle of the city. Usually places such as this can be quite stingy and limiting in their accepting of photos being taken on the premise. Must not disturb the other guests, of course. I called, and to my pleasant surprise, photos were of no issue, and even welcomed. I decided then, that this place is where we will seek refuge for our short time together.
Being the weekend, it was slightly crowded, but not overpowering, my model Maria and I were able to navigate quite swiftly within this space. We were definitely jama at some point, or “in the way”. But the staff didn’t reprimand us, but left us to shoot and to explore the location undisturbed, and I felt grateful to them.
The shoot in its essence was just my simple exploration of my model. Her face, her expression, how the shadows played upon her face. Getting to know her as a person. She was very animated, and made up for her lack of English ability in facial expression. Not allowing this vocal roadblock to hinder her.
I am excited to explore more, and take this peaceful explorers mind with me in March. I will be traveling to Vietnam, and I am giddy with anticipation to see what I will uncover.