5am Japan

I think everyone has a mental (or physical) list of places they would wish to visit one day and near the top of mine was Japan. With images ingrained from films of the 80s, artwork from the 90s (Evan Hecox) and skate magazine articles and skate videos…I wanted to explore myself. In summer 2015 I had a commercial film & photography project that allowed me to finally visit Japan, principally Toyama on the west coast for a week and Tokyo for a day.

With the focus of the trip on a film & photography project for marine multinational Wartsila I had to figure out a way to explore with my 35mm film camera too. I ended up leaving the hotel at 5am and walking & exploring until 6-6:30am before showering, breakfast and then a 12-14 hour working day. It meant I got to see the city as it awoke and discover districts (like the red light district) in unusual ways. The streets were quiet, sometimes wet, and I barely scratched the surface. A day trip to Tokyo before flying home was the same. I’ve seen so little and the drive to return is now something I can no longer ignore.

Toyama and Tokyo, Japan

Nikon FE2

Colour and B&W 35mm Film