People of Tokyo

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Tokyo is a huge city, 13 millions live in the capital and you reach 35 millions people if you add the suburbs. So while walking around, you will see millions of looks : traditional, classy, street, vintage, normcore, gothic and the list is endless. Some of the looks can only be rocked in Tokyo, otherwise you will be stared at like you are an alien.


Some of these pictures of the people of tokyo are slightly out of focus or not so well exposed, but street photography is really hard (I need a 24 or 28mm lense), I had to deal with tough lighting for most of my stay in Tokyo, and I wanted to show as many people as possible.

(Scans by Carmencita)


Tsukiji fish market

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The Tsukiji fish market is a place you must definitely visit while in Tokyo. It’s the biggest wholesale market in the world and it’s really impressive to see. If you are ready to wake up really really early you have the possibility to see the tuna auctions which starts at 5am (we were not ready to wake up that early). From 9 to 11 you can visit the market itself. You must be very careful because the alleys are not very wide and you have to watch out for the people who are working there so that you don’t bother them. At 10.30am some workers are already packing their gear and you can see some people cleaning huge knives they use to cut the fishes.

The place is extremely clean (you are in Japan remember) and I was very surprised not to smell the fish or seafood odor I was expecting. And even at 9am in the morning I really wanted to taste the food that you can find there. Just after the market we had the freshest sushis possible as breakfast. It was great !

I am very pleased with the pics I shot with my Leica. I had Portra 400 rolls and because of the light I had to shoot at apertures from 1.4 to 2.8. I managed to get some good shots even if focusing is not always easy at these apertures especially when the subjects are always moving.

Scans by Carmencita.

Streets of Tokyo (part 2)

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After the first post about the streets of Tokyo shot with my Leica, here are some pics shot with my iPhone. When I see the pictures i really regret not having my 5D and my 24-105 lens. Shooting with only primes is challenging and frustrating because sometimes I had pictures in mind that could not do because of the gear I had with me. But I know I will go back to Japan one day and I won’t do the same mistake twice.