18 March 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Photo Essay #1: Japanese Women and Cellphones

I’ve grown quite passionate with my street photography.

It’s one of the few things I look forward to every day in Japan.



I tend to shoot the everyday things I see, so my photographs seem, at a glance, to be repetitive.


But, unlike people, to me, each photograph is, indeed, a unique and special snowflake.


I focus mainly on people in transit and on transit itself, for I see myself, and life itself, as a series of moveable moments.

We are all in transit, in one way or another.

The people I meet while in motion are also on the move, and I find that a bit stressful sometimes.


You see, ideally, I’d like to be still, be quiet, and rest my restless awareness.



An awareness that is both blessing and curse.

It’s like an OCD, positively reinforced with an endorphin rush.

Creativity acts as a harness on this energy.


Writing is its primary outlet.

But, photography…



…in particular street photography, allows me to capture these movable moments, these flashes of life, mold them and render them harmless, trap and frame them.


Some semblance of sway, an illusion of order, a measure of control…


…if only temporary, you know?

For a few moments every day, I am a God Governing Time.


The streets are my inspiration.

And the gallery of the mind holds a daily exhibition.

Today’s exhibition, I tell myself, is: 

Stills from the Age of Loco

And the theme:

Japanese Women & Cellphones


Hope you enjoyed it. You can expect more in the future…


PS: And if you haven’t read Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist yet, what are you waiting for? A personal invitation? Check it out! It’s available in paperback and E-book version here.

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3 Responses to “Photo Essay #1: Japanese Women and Cellphones”

  1. Rude Boy Abroad 18 March 2013 at 2:47 pm Permalink

    “Writing is its primary outlet.

    But, photography…”

    Similarly, my DJ friend is trying to convince me to dabble in music. He figures a change in medium is like a change in scenery, thus creatively refreshing. (And I’d be totally down for it, if the barrier to entry were lower…)

    • Locohama 18 March 2013 at 4:58 pm Permalink

      Your friend is right! It is refreshing and also it opens your mind to other opportunities for expression.
      Depending on how much energy you have, and how much time you have to pursue your passion, of course. I mean, street photography fits perfectly into my schedule cuz I can do it basically all day every day. I figure I must take about 100 pics a day and post perhaps 5% of them and this happens without any special effort, no photo walks, just as I make a transit from point a to point b. it also distracts me from much of the foolishness going on around me, an ancillary benefit to be sure. Thanks for the shout rude boy and good luck with finding your alternative creative outlet!

    • Faraha 18 March 2013 at 8:51 pm Permalink

      I liked it! It allowed me too stop and “be in the moment”! I get you…smiles! Faraha

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