National Geographic photographer Sam Abell has defined his career with patience. There is no dull section of a Sam Abell photograph, the frame is layered from back to front with compelling imagery. This can be a slow process, it can take days, weeks, or in some cases months for the right opportunity to present itself.
As a solo traveller, I was really enjoying getting lost into filming. When you turn up to a place with a camera (I didn’t the first time), you observe things in a different way. You really look at everyone and what they’re doing
I have selected twenty photographs from my journey to the Philippines and Japan and have related these to twenty of the songs which always accompany me.
I loved the contrast between the peaceful Japanese nature and the grotesque mess of sexual, horrifying and DIY characters. The next day I bought more rolls of film and missed the train for a second night in a row…
Unless you are born on this soil and have Japanese blood running through you, you will always be an outsider. I’m a quarter Korean, quarter Japanese, half American.
Eastern cultural practices are easily digested when they fall in line with Western moral values. When they do not align, they are commonly judged and denounced.
I stare on in amazement from deep in the packed crowd at this ancient right of passage, unable to look away from the faces covered in sweat, ash, and elation.
I imagined Tokyo as a blade runner-esque metropolis that loomed forever in the distance, hosting all sorts of new technologies and behaviours I’d never encountered in my life.