The neighbourhood of Ningyocho in Tokyo's Chuo-ku borough, is a place I visit often and it's full of relaxed, olde worlde charm.
Ningyocho is about 25mins on the train from where we live. It's a charming old neighbourhood of small shops, restaurants, houses and artisans. I go there often to shoot and have done many walks and workshops in the area as it has much to offer the photographer.
The map also shows the position of a wonderful little deli, where you can pick up a snack to walk with or sit on one of the benches outside to eat. If you're a meat-eater, try their famous 'menchi katsu' or minced beef croquette. There's plenty to enjoy if you're vegetarian, too.
Whilst you're walking the area, here's a few things to focus on:
- Textures: like the photo featured here, Ningyocho has some beautiful textures and materials to photograph. Wood, stone, tile. Monochromatic and colourful.
- Street scenes: the locals are friendly and you'll find some lively streets and interesting characters to photograph.
- Colours: focusing on a series of shots that showcase one key colour is something I've done a few times here. Yellows, reds, blues. Deciding upon one colour to capture and collect really focuses the mind and keeps the eyes hungry.
The Tech Stuff....
- Fuji X100S with its 23mm f/2 (35mm equivalent) lens.
- Pro Neg H film emulation setting.