Tokyo: Up Close and Personal

Street Photography by Ash Shinya Kawaoto

Getting closer to his subjects – and sometimes too close to be safe – is part of Ash Shinya Kawaoto’s photography style. Strolling the streets of Tokyo for hours, Shinya captures the expressions and emotions of his subjects – young and old, poor and rich – in this dynamic and changing metropolis that looks like a “huge living creature that continues to grow”.

“The most important thing in my photos is the expressions of the subjects. I believe that people’s expressions represent their lives.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

“Even in the same place in the same town, what you see depends on your own feelings.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

“For me, the place, the period, the time and the weather where the photo is taken are extremely important.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

“Monochrome emphasizes the facial expression of the subject.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

“There are many different things that happen on the street and that pass in the blink of an eye.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

“When I find a subject with an attractive expression, I try to get as close as I can to them to take the photo.”

Tokyo Street Photography

Tokyo Street Photography

 


Ash Shinya Kawaoto

Ash Shinya Kawaoto

Ash is an award winning photographer from Tokyo, Japan (International Photography Awards 2018 1st Place, Magnum Photography Awards 2017 Finalist)

Photos are copyright © Ash Shinya Kawaoto.