The One Who Unmasked The Photographer
She was the one who revealed the true me, in a way. So much so that she not only was the catalyst to me going further into photography, but she was most responsible for unlocking my potential as a writer, breaking into the world as a published writer, as she inspired Masked Behind Tokyo Lens.
Reintroducing Yayoi, and our first venture outside of the photography studios as photographer and model.
How we got to this point was a simple process. I often visited a photo session studio in Tokyo, which featured many different models at any given time. At the time, work had me ending the work week in Tokyo every Friday, so I’d often have the chance to indulge in photography as my first act of the weekend! Yayoi in particular always caught my attention not just with her looks, but she had a flair to her modeling, poses, and playing to the camera, much more than most of the other models.
So, one thing led to another; I found out she also does freelance modeling outside of studio work, so eventually I got to arranging to do some photography with her outside of the studio setting, at Akihabara. Akiba, the location of so many “firsts”, so many memories, was host to yet another milestone moment in my life: outdoor portrait photography with a professional model.
We walked around the various areas of Akihabara, shooting when I saw her standing against a background that I felt would appear great in a photo, and let her do her thing as I “furiously” shot away with each opportunity.
This fun outing wasn’t all “work”, though; I also treated Yayoi to lunch at my favorite place in Akiba; Tenkaippin!
After lunch, it was back to “work”, and play (more like play for us, anyway). We concluded the photo shooting at an appropriate area, near JR Akihabara Station.
This was the first step into a bigger world for me; I hope the photos did the meaning some justice, if not just looking good? The story will continue… stay tuned!