My favourite time of the day to take a photograph is when you just start feeling like drinking a beer, when the sun is touching the horizon. I like the lushness of nature, full of positive thriving life. Even the lushness of a small temple in Tokyo can excite me, not necessarily my favourite Iriomote rainforest. Born and bred in Tokyo, I love the quiet calm pockets inside the big bustling city as well as lively local places where you can really see life happening in front of you. I love to feel and capture happy moments, that can remind people of their happiness again and again, creating storytelling photos to reflect the depth of what is being captured.
Ippei is a Getty Images on-trend photographer 2018 (one of four selected talents worldwide), and his work has been published in National Geographic, Vanity Fair.
Janine Vleugel Naoi
A Melbourne girl originally (my day truly starts with the event of a double café latte), growing up surrounded by beach and fresh air, Tokyo, by contrast, quickly found its way into my heart. I love Tokyo’s contrasting elements and cosmopolitan atmosphere, paired with the rich culture of Japan. I am drawn to cities with small streets filled with cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and an atmosphere that you can almost touch, but just as much I love getting out of the city into nature. I am drawn to anything visual that puts a smile on my face. I like to compose images as best I can, while trying to capture the atmosphere, emotion and the moment as candidly as possible.
Janine’s work has been published in Lonely Planet Magazine and National Geographic Traveller.
Experiences are everything to me whether it be breathing in fresh mountain air, walking through my favourite streets of Tokyo, enjoying a cup of tea with a friend or all the moments in-between our busy lives. I try my best to live in the moment and experience life for all that it is. It’s this passion for the here and now that I like to get across in my photos. Capturing moments, savouring them, telling stories whatever they may be. I like to get in close and feel the atmosphere or emotion, but at the same time I like to hang back and let events unfold for themselves. A photo journalist at heart – I love telling stories as much as I do living them.
Sam’s work has been published in National Geographic.