Beauty in the City 3 years ago

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In this article Tatsuo Suzuki talks with Manu Mart, both featured photographers on UPSP.

‘Beauty in the City’ discovers beautiful girls and their relationship with the city. Photos taken during September 2013.

 


Tatsuo Suzuki

Tokyo, Japan

My Website: justatoy.pixyblog.com

Manu Mart

Madrid, Spain

My Website: www.manumart.net

QCan you tell us who are you, where you live and how was your first approach to photography? What gear you are more comfortable with when you work on the streets?

MM

AI’m an amateur photographer. I work weekdays, 9 to 5 and my main job is in business. I starting shooting in 2008, and so I don’t know many details about photography, and street photography, hard to define. I live in Ota, Tokyo in Japan (It’s near Shibuya and Shinjuku). My most recent gear is a Fuji X100S and a Ricoh GR. They are both very good. I shoot mainly at weekends in the streets of Shibuya and sometimes Shinjuku, Ueno or Yokohama.

TS

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Q Can you also tell us some of your references you have and some Japanese photographers (not only the master Daido) we have to check right now?

MM

A My favorite Japanese photographers are Yamasaki Ko-ji and Black Opal (I don’t know his real name). My most favourite is William Klein.

TS

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QYou are a great portrait street photographer, Tatsuo. Can you explain how you approach people/subjects and what are you looking for when you shoot them so close up? Do you have any particular story you can tell us?

MM

AI shoot the subjects with my feeling. Sometimes portraits, sometimes street snap shots. With portraits, I talk to them with my mind open. Open mind is very important. I am open therefore they are open too, and they express good emotional feelings. I would like to shoot their feelings, it’s maybe universal all over the world. I would like to share these feelings through my eyes and lens to other people. It’s my pleasure.

TS

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QI’ve never been in Tokyo (not yet), but in my mind are lot of neon lights, plenty of colour, people dressed in a strange ways…can you explain us your b&w choice?

MM

AMy black and white shot are not able to explain neon lights, colourful things and fashion. But this is not so important and interesting to me. My photos aim to express passion, emotional feeling and have a sense of their tension. I want to express the beats (just like Punk Rock,Beat Rock,New Wave, Avant garde music). I like to give a rough or raw feeling. So I don’t consider the need for colour photos.

TS

 

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QWhich is the main advice you can give to all photographers which will read this interview?

MM

AMy advice is keep shooting, believe in your instinct and vision. Look at the scene through your own eyes and you will make original photos.

TS


AHi Tatsuo. I’m Manu Mart, a Spanish photographer based on Madrid. Street photography is useful for every kind of photography you want to explore, you learn to compose quickly and to manage the light properly. I love to travel. Street photography and travel photography are really close. I love shooting dance in studio, and you have to be fast…..everything is related with streets.
I started to shoot b&w, as so many photographers, but when I went deeper in photography, I discovered colour. The challenges were much more than in b&w. Then I discovered Dimitri Mellos work in a workshop with him, and it was fresh and new for me. That was the final push.

MM

QManu, who are you? Why do you take photos and why street photography? and why in colour?

TS

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AI have always worked with high contrast scenes, with only one kind of light, and lots of shadows. I suppose I’m influenced by other photographers and artists I like. But I have gone deeper with this now I’m living in Madrid. I was born here, but I was out for many years. I came back a year and a half ago and I discovered that my birth city was sadder, grey, young people going abroad, financial crisis everywhere….it was my feeling and I needed images with a kind of poetry as a tribute to this place. This is also the reason that I use now mainly one subject, I don’t want action on my photos, I want to tell stories and let people think about them. I’m seduced by the loneliness of a person in an urban environment. If this will still influence my future work, I will see.

MM

QYour photos are very special, lights and shadow, strong contrast, and mainly single subjects. Where is this style coming from? And what is your purpose when you take pictures, is there a message to others?

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AI always work with a Canon 5D and 35 mm lens. I try to shoot daily, but not always possible, obviously. All the American colour photography from 50’s to 70’s I find amazing, and I admire the painter Edward Hopper. Alberto García-Alix, a b&w documentary photographer from Madrid, was my first influence. I don’t have a particular favourite photographer, there are many of them.

MM

QTell me your favourite gear you prefer, I really want to know about it. When do you take pictures? Weekend? Weekdays? Who is inspires you? Who is your favourite photographer?

TS

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AI’m interested on medium format, so probably I will explore it….also I’m exploring portrait now. I don’t know exactly. For sure, I will travel next year, and I think this is this is my best advice: travel and learn as much as you can.

MM

QWhat are you looking for your next project and your street photos. What would you like it to be in the future? Advice please, many people like and love your photos, so first step to be a street photographer like you. What do we need and action?

TS

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Conclusion

Tatsuo

“This project with Manu for 4 weeks has been very exciting for me. Manu as you know is a very talented and a special photographer. So while I was inspired by his work, I went on shooting and shooting pictures over 3,000 pics for this theme. Thank you very much Manu. Your photos are all amazing for me and your work is inspiring, I’ve continued to take pictures this summer period. I wonder someday I could shoot with Manu in Madrid, Spain! For this purpose, I will keep shooting and should be a better photographer. Much appreciated Manu! ”

 

Manu

“This collaboration with Tatsuo has been really enriching for me. First of all, Tatsuo is an extremely talented b&w photographer. The compositions seem chaotic at first view, but he shows us a body of stories behind the main subject, sometimes evidence, sometimes with a shadow as if it was painted.
Thanks to Tatsuo, I have gone deeper to Japanese photography. I have discovered how Tatsuo and his countrymates use photography as an art expression, and sometimes you get confused where both photography and art cross. Tatsuo gets close to both ways and works with photography to access an imaginary world.
Finally, it should also be noted Tatsuo’s ability on the street portrait genre, and his contagious impulsivity shooting, Tatsuo is a great street photographer and he is a very nice man. I hope I can meet him by Shibuya street someday.”

 


Favourite street photos from UPSP

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untitled by Manabu Sugimoto

Maybe because this last weeks I have studied a little bit of Japanese photography, I discovered this piece of jewellery in the gallery. So different to my style, but so vibrant. Excellently composed, it’s like a sci-fi image, and instead of its internal action, everything is well-placed and the unfocused girl in the center gives the needed calm to all stress surrounding her.”

-Manu Mart


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