The Streets of Tokyo
Photographer: Adam Benedicto
This collection of photographs was taken mainly around Shinjuku over the past 5 years. Shinjuku is my local area and never fails to produce something visually interesting. Day or night, the back streets, tower blocks and multicoloured lighting make it as close as there is to a playground for photographers. These photos show a stylised view of what I see, which depict a feeling I have for city life. Some photos feature reflections and distortions which I really enjoy composing, like a visual puzzle.
When I was a teenager my father gave me a camera and as soon as I received me first roll of film back from the developers I was hooked. I was fascinated by the way a photograph could communicate non-verbally with the viewer and transport you to an exact moment in place and time. Initially I did wildlife and landscape photography which was challenging but very rewarding. I also dabbled in a home darkroom set up, which got me into black and white photography. As I became more interested in photography I realised that it wasn’t necessary to travel far into the countryside to find something visually stimulating to photograph. I could just make photos of whatever was easily accessible to me, which led me to street photography. I practiced street photography alongside my other main interest which is DJing. When I wasn’t with my family or DJing I’d go out and shoot street photos. In the beginning I struggled to find a style or look that I was satisfied with. I mainly enjoyed the process of getting out and taking photos but then struggled when it came to editing the work. These days I feel more comfortable with the look of my images and I have become more confident in my output. Therefore my desire to share them with a wider audience has increased, which has brought me to share this set with Frame Tokyo.