One of my favourite parts of our trip to Japan was getting to practice some street photography – something I’m starting to try more at home in the UK.
The term ‘Street Photography’ is used within photography circles to mean any number of things, depending on who you listen to and how pretentious they are. I tend to think of it as candid photography, which gives you an idea of my style – unposed photos of people I don’t know.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but I wouldn’t say I noticed anything especially unique about doing this sort of photography in Japan, other than the anonymity that being an obvious tourist affords you. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb, I never got the feeling that anybody gave us a second thought. It was a complete contrast to being a Westerner in a country like Vietnam, where you tend to get a bit more attention if you’re pale, or ginger in my wife’s case.
As a result, I was able to get some nice candid photography:
These two images are some of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken.
The one on the left was taken on our first day in Japan. I was basically running on excitement at this point – we had been awake for 30+ hours after an overnight flight from London.
The one on the right was during our one night in Osaka. The guy obviously clocked that I was taking a photo of him, but didn’t seem to care. I really like how you get a sense of him standing very still while everything rushes around him.
These owl cafe people are everywhere in the big cities. We didn’t make it to an animal cafe, but it wasn’t a priority really. We went to a cat cafe in Denmark which is one of the biggest wastes of money I’ve ever succumbed to.
We did enjoy feeding the deer in Nara park, though. They’ve learned to bow to humans before you feed them, which they do very enthusiastically. We didn’t make it out of Nara unscathed – I got headbutted in the back and my wife was bitten on the leg by a gang of rowdy deer.
A little glimpse above of what would probably be my style of photography if I commuted to work on public transport every day.