While ago I was out at did some night portrait shoot. As I rarely do any night photography I’ve found that was quite interesting and I liked the slow syn look. looking forward to do more when the weather gets warmer.
Very once in a while I would do some stranger portrait, but I must say I am still not comfortable walking up to stranger and ask them for photos, I guess the reason is rather simple, we all afraid being turned down, what if they say no? what if they just walk away from me without even saying a word? Many many times I have all these assumptions pop inside my head, so I stopped.
Weeks I saw a video from Jamie Windsor talking about asking stranger for photos and I thought, maybe I should recalibrate my thinking and step forward and doing it, at the end of the day, if the answer is “No”
So I was in Shibuya walking around after my photo shoot and I said to myself, I must do one stranger portrait today, so I started to hunt. To be honest, I felt like I was a stalker checking out people around me, and I missed quite a few chances because I didn’t enough guts. Finally I saw an old man walking with his wife, the reason I picked him was because his long beard. Then I approached with courage and asked him if I could take a portrait of him, and lucky me he said Yes! So we did a super quick portrait. They were French living in Canada, traveling to Japan for vacation. Wife told me he’d like to style his beard everyday before going out. One thing I didn’t get was his name, because I was a bit nervous so completely forgot about it.
After shoot was done I felt like I was accomplished a huge task, later that night when I was editing the photos and I looked at it and was like, “Yeah, I could do that, it wasn’t too hard.” My stranger portrait will continue of course and I am aiming 50 strangers in 2019, will see.
Autumn…It’s probably one of my favourite seasons. Every year outside Meiji Jingu Gaien the Ginkgo trees turn into golden colour during autumn, after leaves are falling down, the street will turn into an amazing golden carpet. It attracts thousands of tourists to come visit every year.