Lost in Love
This photo took about a month of planning, a few missed opportunities and a whole lot of tries, yet it was all worth it! Absolutely and totally!
Let me tell you the back story; I’ve been living in Japan for 7 years now, and for anyone who’s been here that long the Shibuya crossing is something special. It is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and the atmosphere is simply wonderful. So I had this idea for a while, where I wanted to take a long exposure shot at night with only the subject motionless while all the people who are crossing just a blur. I hadn’t worked out the details yet and nowhere close to making it happen.
Then one day I pitched the idea to Aurora Simionescu who’s something of a creative genius so we came up with this idea where the subject should be a couple, and the photo should express a feeling something akin to being completely and utterly lost in love and time; you are stuck in that wonderful moment while the world around you is moving on.
Then there was the problem of finding people to pose for us; we couldn’t pose ourselves because we needed to see what we are shooting, but then our good friend Amer Kawar and his girlfriend Veronica bravely opted to be our models for the day, and kudos to them for a) being able to stand still for about 3 seconds and b) coming up with this particular pose. It was a brilliant job by them!
And the end result, well, among thousands of photo’s I’ve taken there’s only very few photos – if at all – I’m more satisfied about.
During the cherry peak of the spring cherry blossoms, this place comes to live; people gather round to see Sakura, to picnic under the trees on the floorboards to the left of the picture, and there are continuous festivals. There’s just continuous buzz around. After living here for 7 years you kind of get used to it, although you never get tired of it.
After the peak it’s a different story. People leave leaving us permanent residents to get on with our lives, the flowers fall (except for this lonely outcast) and everything turns to a lively green. I grabbed the camera and headed out the other day, and fittingly for a gloomy day there was a general peace and serenity of which I hope I at least captured a little bit of.
It’s a true calm after the storm.
On my way home from grocery shopping today I was passing by this place where lots of pigeons hangout, and seeing them I thought I’d take a few photos so grabbed the camera as soon as I was home and headed out rightaway.
One there, I started shooting a few ‘portraits’, but almost immediately lots of them gathered around me expecting treats! I felt bad, after all they deserved something for posing for me, so I went to the nearby convenient store to get some popcorn and came back.
As expected they were still there, and happily started pecking on the popcorn as soon as I offered them. So I let them have their lunch and started shooting without guilt.
I was lucky enough to catch this moment in time, and as soon as I reviewed it on the display the title ‘One Can Tango Too’ just popped into my mind.