Before I started my exploration of street photographer. I was strictly doing available lighting shoots of female models. I got lucky and some people took interest in me and I got to sell some of my work and then it lead me to do concert photography for some indie magazines. The reason, I am saying this is because street photography is hard. There is no prearrangement with your model prior to shooting. You do not develop a relationship with your model. Most of all, it requires you to expose yourself and be rejected.
If I would have never moved outside of America. I do not think, I would have started street photography. I would have found it hard to photography people in America because of my shyness and difficulty dealing with rejection. Living in Tokyo has made me overcome those bad characteristics of me. I will literally just walk to a person I find interesting and ask to take a picture in Japanese. 75% of the time the people I ask will oblige my request. The rest simply decline and move on quickly.
I do not know how that would work in America. I know I am better prepared for America now but I would have never started there.
This series is me finally breaking through my shyness and dealing with rejection. I just hung out in Harajuku and snapped away on a corner near the Jingumae Crossing.
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