Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Cinematic Japan

Exploring Japan

I fell in love with Japan. Deeply. The culture, the clean streets, the friendly and respectful people and the full spectrum of experience that it offers. From high rise cities to quaint, beautiful gardens and temples. All within walking distance of each other. I took as many 'tourist shots' as I did professional street shots. Well, not quite, but the phone was full by the end of the trip! On that note, the camera on the Google Pixel XL2 is outstanding. Photographers - give it a pop. All shots here taken with the Nikon D750 and Fuji XT2.

Japan was treated differently to most of my street shooting. While I still love—and capture—the odd and often funny synchronicities and serendipitous moments, I wanted more. More culture, more characters, and more of a story. Hence this larger and longer post. I could cull it down to a very select handful but it would lack the overall picture of Japan that I wish to show you. I pushed myself and shot with a very specific mindset and eye; cinematic. I was of course shooting stills, but I composed and prioritised moments as if taken from a movie. Hence the title: Cinematic Japan. Street photography is already hard, but this made it even more challenging, especially when the shots were more complex in nature. Everything had to fit the theme and narrative. It's also a study of texture and colour. No false colours have been added, and all effects (night section) are original and taken in camera (no Photoshop).

You'll find a mix of styles; juxtaposition, minimal, abstract, scenes, characters, emotions and rare alignments. Every single shot is genuine—unposed—except the last shot of the day section (a portrait of Sachin at sunset). Two weeks flew by, shared with Sachin, Dom and Liam. I would recommend Japan to anyone and everyone; it has it all xxx

Cinematic Japan // by Day

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Cinematic Japan // by Night

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

Tokyo - Street Photography - Kyoto

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Adam
Some of the best street photography Ive ever seen man!
Siobhan
You NEED to shoot a movie! This is stunning!
Sean S
The master returns! Your street shooting is insane. Thanks for sharing!
Iain
What an incredible set of photographs. From start to finish, I savoured each and every frame. So much content to explore. This may be your best street work yet. Please release it as a book!
Vicki Woods

AMAZING stuff!! Love love so many of them. Awesome work

Robert Dodsworth

Absolutely out of this world! I’ve been back through 3 times already Ross and I’ve got to come back for more! Insanely good!

Helen Lisk

Mindblowing set of images! Loved looking through these, each and every one is incredible. Just SO good!

Martyn

Incredible set of frames! Cinematic and then some! The night set is out of this world! Can I take a guess that Bladeruner had a part to play in the inspiration?

Dan Morris

Wow! That’s some serious talent right there.

Ryan

Boss. Totally crushed it dude. Felt like i was there (without the saki hangover)

Matt Parry

So so good Ross. I visited Japan back in 2006 before I even owned a camera. I fell in love with it too!! That crazy, quirky and Disney-esque atmosphere juxtaposed with this kinda darker underbelly lurking below the kitsch. And man have you captured that contrast perfectly with these day/night images. Like folk have said its a coffee table book waiting to happen!!!

Dhaval Kotecha

Fantastic collection! Great job Ross

Matthew Long

Insanely good Rossco. Just incredible.

Mathieu Louis-Seize

So, so good. (y)

Hugo Coelho

This is so inspiring. Great work Ross! Always good to see your vision!

JOEL DAVIES

These are incredible Ross. I’ve never been to Japan and never done much street photography but you’ve just turned me on to both :-) Superb

Lyndsey

Incredible images that can only have been captured by you. They all have the signature Rossco ‘‘how the hell did he see that’‘ hallmark. Inspiring stuff.

Paul Keppel

These are epic, I love your use of light and shadows.

Vicki

Woooooow, as someone who lived in Japan I LOVE that place with all my heart and your photos are freaking INSANE!!!!!

Mark

Outstanding stuff.





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