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FRAME TOKYO members interview vol.6

This is a new project that FRAME TOKYO members interview each other to find out who they are which they don't usually talk about. This time, Takumi Sekiguchi interviews Kyosuke Hamao, who has his own unique perspective.



Takumi:

Kyosuke-san is one of the people in FRAME who takes quite a lot of photos right?


Kyosuke:

Yeah I think..?


Takumi:

You take lots of photos! Don't you shoot everyday ?


Kyosuke:

I am not sure but I think I take photos everyday. Not a day goes by that I don't take pictures.


Takumi:

Do you have cameras with you even when you're working? Like carrying around your Leica as well ?


Kyosuke:

I do not carry around Leica all the time, but I do GR. GR is a great camera, and I recommend everyone to get it. I hope lots of people who read this article get GR! lol


Takumi:

You keep your eyes open to find some interesting moments or subjects even when you are commuting, Do not you ?


Kyosuke:

Yeah I do.


Takumi:

That is awsome!


Kyosuke:

Rather than wondering if there's anything interesting, I just want to take good photos. Putting aside whether I can take good photos or not,I just keep thinking about it.


Takumi:

I see. Could you capture a good moment recently?


Kyosuke:

Maybe. lol Of course there is a day I can not capture any good moments.


Takumi:

That is ok becauseI think it's important to take as many pictures as you can, regardless of whether you can take good pictures or not.


Kyosuke:

That is true, and I take quite a few shots a week. Maybe 500 and 1000. I think the idea is to always value what you're always shooting, rather than whether or not you can take just one good shot.


Takumi:

I see, that's amazing. I'm the type of person who decides, ``I'm going to take a good one for that day,'' and focus on shooting for just one day, so I think it's amazing that you are always trying to take many photos.

And what I found interesting is that you take photos in many different places. For example, you go to urban cities, such as Shibuya and Shinjuku, and You shoot in countryside or the sea!


Kyosuke :

I agree. I live in the suburbs, so I'm taking pictures in the countryside as well.

I'm not particular about location, but as I said earlier, I always carry my camera around to take pictures, so I take photos in various places.


Takumi:

Can you tell me where your favorite location is?


Kyosuke:

Well...I am so bad, but I really do not care about location.lol



Takumi:

Why do you say that it is bad ? lol It is good.


Kyosuke:

I mean I should be particular about something. I want to ask you and when you shoot mostly?


Takumi:

I like wide open spaces, such as beaches at Shonan and Kamakura. I also really like the square in front of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. It's wide and unobstructed. Kyosuke, don't you feel like you're particular about that sort of thing?


Kyosuke:

I don't think so. But recently, my photographer friend acquaintance told me something interesting like, " Most of Kyosuke's photos are characterized by the fact that they are often taken at very open wide sky rather than surrounded by buildings.''

I didn't notice it at all before he said it, but I think it's true.


Takumi:

I see. The scenery that you usually see in the suburbs may be connected to your photographs.I think it is true that living environment and personality show up in photos.


Kyosuke:

Yeah, I totally agree with that.


Takumi:

Do you think your personality is in your works?


Kyosuke:

I feel so. Also, I always try to keep thinking about how I want to take photos that only I can take. For instance, it can be really connected with a photographer's background and personality.


Takumi:

That sounds good! Do you have your favorite photographer?


Kyosuke:

There are too many photographers I like, but Harvey Yamaguchi is the best.

The reason is that Harvey's photos naturally make people smile, feel warm, give them hope and courage, and make them feel positive. I always think that I want to take such wonderful photos.

Also,I like Daido Moriyama, who is a completely different type of photographer.

He is the reason why I started photography, and his very strong contrast is astonishing, and I love how he always sticks to the stance that "photography is a record.


Takumi:

I see. It would be nice if we could do something that would make people smile through photography and still stick to our own style.

Lastly, if you don't mind, please tell us what kind of activities you want to do in the future, or what you aim to do as a photographer!


Kyosuke:

I know street snap is so fun to capture moments, and I would like to take such photos. But I have a strong desire to take people's lives. Communicate with subjects, understand who we are and what we do, and take their photos that show their lives.

Recently, I've also been thinking about doing documentary photography. Also, I want to go to various places and travel overseas, see new landscapes, towns, and meet people, and document their lives.


Takumi:

Wow, that sounds cool! Thank you so much for sharing us !


Kyosuke:

Sure! I will do my best to be a good photographer.



Both :

Thank you so much everyone who read this article, and see you soon!



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