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Smokers Pause: Yurakucho Station, Tokyo

I had just had a meeting with one of my favourite contemporary writers, who I am going to shoot some portraits of soon. The only shooting I had done today was with the camera around my neck and a cable release in my pocket; standing, trying to shoot without people knowing. I was shooting black and white in-camera. My old 1980 20mm manual-focus lens set to f8 and set to the hyperfocal distance so I could just shoot and know that everything from 1metre to infinity would be sharp. Camera set to ISO 500.

I shot two frames of this smoker on the platform. They just seemed to work together, one flipped so the guy was taking a drag and contemplating whilst facing himself. That Friday evening, end of the week sort of contemplation you do on a train platform, with the rain coming down stair-rods, a cigarette in your hand and the weekend ahead of you.


  1. Very creative one!

    I love it

  2. Wonderful images. I've included your blog in a recent posting "20 Awesome Photography Blogs – Tokyo". Please heck it out when you have a moment. Best of luck and keep up the great work!

  3. That's a really clever combination of the two frames – it took me a second to figure out what was going on there!

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