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May 20, 2014

Remembering the Power of Youth

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Youth is a period every one of us gets to experience. Personally I feel that it was an important time for me to figure out who I really am. 

It reminded me of that precious time when I photographed 28th annual The High School of Fashion Industries last week where the HS girls designed, made clothes, modeled themselves and had a fashion show. Those girls were reckless and really having fun. I myself had a fashion show when i was in HS in Tokyo, so being in the same room with those girls gave me a little nostalgic feeling and more importantly helped me remembering the power of youth. 

They are fearless. They are passionate. They are full of life.  

How wonderful it is to be young and beautiful…. Here is my favorite shot from the night. 

In my last blog, I talked about my obsessive personality.  What I did not mention is that I also believe that the ability to let go of ideas from the past is important in personal development. For me, seeing things bigger than I used to be seeing helps. Ocean and Mountains. Nature makes you aware of your own breathing and makes you realize how little thing you are in this world. 

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Mar 13, 2014

In my last blog, I talked about my obsessive personality.  What I did not mention is that I also believe that the ability to let go of ideas from the past is important in personal development. For me, seeing things bigger than I used to be seeing helps. Ocean and Mountains. Nature makes you aware of your own breathing and makes you realize how little thing you are in this world. 

www.shokophoto.com

I will admit. I have an obsessive personality…but not a shame of that. I believe that until you reach the end of a path, where you feel you cannot go farther, one should keep going if that is the way you know you want to go. Well hypothetically speaking I do that with music. I listen to 1 song over and over for days and weeks until I cannot listen to the tune anymore.  Definitely an obsessive movement of mine.  However whats end of the line is always a precious experience for me. The connection I make between the song and myself over the course of thousand times would help me emotionally grounded and even save me from difficult times I would go through.
Music saves me. It has and it always will…  
Mar 4, 2014

I will admit. I have an obsessive personality…but not a shame of that. I believe that until you reach the end of a path, where you feel you cannot go farther, one should keep going if that is the way you know you want to go. Well hypothetically speaking I do that with music. I listen to 1 song over and over for days and weeks until I cannot listen to the tune anymore.  Definitely an obsessive movement of mine.  However whats end of the line is always a precious experience for me. The connection I make between the song and myself over the course of thousand times would help me emotionally grounded and even save me from difficult times I would go through.

Music saves me. It has and it always will…  

It is an amazing feeling when people enjoy and like my work.
Especially when they also see what I see in my work. Someone to connect with and share with… 
Here is my interview with wunderkindzla
http://ingeniumagencyblog.com/2014/02/08/photographer-shoko-takayasu
Mar 3, 2014

It is an amazing feeling when people enjoy and like my work.

Especially when they also see what I see in my work. Someone to connect with and share with… 

Here is my interview with wunderkindzla

http://ingeniumagencyblog.com/2014/02/08/photographer-shoko-takayasu

Recently Boffi Soho hosted an amazing event for “Di Che Pasta Simamo” where I had a privilege to work with a young talented Italian chef Lapo Querci. He flew into NY just for this night to cook. It was one of the coldest day in NY… I asked him I wanted to take his photos outside with my worry look. He goes “OK, Let’s do it!” I was relieved immediately. He can be in game.  The rest of the night was full of delicious Italian dishes including Pizza from Ribalta, beer from 32, wine from Petreto and desserts from Antonio Mattei. (www.dichepastasiamo.wordpress.com) 
Feb 20, 2014

Recently Boffi Soho hosted an amazing event for “Di Che Pasta Simamo” where I had a privilege to work with a young talented Italian chef Lapo Querci. He flew into NY just for this night to cook. It was one of the coldest day in NY… I asked him I wanted to take his photos outside with my worry look. He goes “OK, Let’s do it!” I was relieved immediately. He can be in game.  The rest of the night was full of delicious Italian dishes including Pizza from Ribalta, beer from 32, wine from Petreto and desserts from Antonio Mattei. (www.dichepastasiamo.wordpress.com

Feb 2, 2014 / 2 notes

Models? They are not mannequins. Yes, they are pallets for designers. But when a model has personality, it brings clothes alive. Not all models have that ability. You have heard of Sebastian Sauve. He is energetic, fun and professional. If you meet him once, you will never forget him. He understands his profession and make the best of it. These are when I first started shooting backstage. I cannot wait to photograph him again. 

visit // www.shokophoto.com

モデルはマネキンではない。もちろん彼らはデザイナーのパレットとして存在する。でもモデル達にパルソナがあると洋服に生命がうまれる。すべてのモデルがそうできるわけではない。セバスチャンは一度会ったらきっと忘れないほどの濃いキャラクターの持ち主。彼は楽しいだけでなくそのプロフェッショナルさには驚かされる。また彼にカメラを向けるのが楽しみ。

Jan 23, 2014

I was looking for an older photo of a friend on a hard drive and instead I found these still life work I did when I was in Collage. Assignment was obviously “paper.” When I was going through these, I realized I do like certain things. Certain look. In my last blog, I just talked about focal length. Even though subjects are different, the same approach towards them. It has been always in me. Something just does not change…. and here are the proofs.

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今日昔の写真を探しているときに大学時代の課題で撮った写真を見つけた。もちろんテーマは紙。7、8年ぶりにこれをみて、”はっ”と気づいたのこと、それは私の好きな構成とタイプ。この間のブログで焦点距離の話をしたばかり。主体は違えともその物へのアプローチの仕方は同じ。学生の時からに比べて成長はしていてほしいと思うけど、やっぱり私の写真。

Sometimes, something or someone that only matters is the farthest thing from you. Well hope that is never the case for you, but it happens. I love playing with focal length because it lets me focus on a particular subject… That thing, That person, The only one that matters…. and here is one of my favorite examples.
私は焦点距離を使い写真を撮る事を好むのだけど、それは特別な被写体や物に特別なスポットライトの用な物をおけるから。その人が、その物がだけがこの世で重要な物であるかのように。これがそのなかでも私のお気に入りのワンショット。
visit // www.shokophoto.com
Jan 16, 2014 / 5 notes

Sometimes, something or someone that only matters is the farthest thing from you. Well hope that is never the case for you, but it happens. I love playing with focal length because it lets me focus on a particular subject… That thing, That person, The only one that matters…. and here is one of my favorite examples.

私は焦点距離を使い写真を撮る事を好むのだけど、それは特別な被写体や物に特別なスポットライトの用な物をおけるから。その人が、その物がだけがこの世で重要な物であるかのように。これがそのなかでも私のお気に入りのワンショット。

visit // www.shokophoto.com

I am not a fashion designer. I am not a fashion bloger, but I am a photographer and I love fashion. If you go to fashion shows, of course you expect to see beautiful models and beautiful clothes. However being in a chaotic backstage with hundreds of people around you, it is easy to miss beauty in details. I remember when I saw this model walking by me in Suzanne Rae’s show, I realized the back splits. I stopped her and asked her to bend over a little bit so I can take this photo. I thought it was a beautiful detail…. and here is the shot. 
visit // www.shokophoto.com
私はデザイナーでもファッションブロガーでもない、でもファッションは大好き。もちろんお客さんとしてファッションショーに行けば座ってじっくり素敵なモデルさんと洋服を観賞できるわけど、何十人という人がたかりに集ってるバックステージではそうもいかず、じっくり衣装を見る事を時に忘れてします。スーザンラエのコレクションで白い髪の毛の子が私の目の前を通ったとき、彼女の後ろ姿がいやにきれいな事に気づき、止まってもらい少しかがんでもらうように頼んだ。もちろんそれはこの写真を撮るため。
Jan 14, 2014 / 2 notes

I am not a fashion designer. I am not a fashion bloger, but I am a photographer and I love fashion. If you go to fashion shows, of course you expect to see beautiful models and beautiful clothes. However being in a chaotic backstage with hundreds of people around you, it is easy to miss beauty in details. I remember when I saw this model walking by me in Suzanne Rae’s show, I realized the back splits. I stopped her and asked her to bend over a little bit so I can take this photo. I thought it was a beautiful detail…. and here is the shot. 

visit // www.shokophoto.com

私はデザイナーでもファッションブロガーでもない、でもファッションは大好き。もちろんお客さんとしてファッションショーに行けば座ってじっくり素敵なモデルさんと洋服を観賞できるわけど、何十人という人がたかりに集ってるバックステージではそうもいかず、じっくり衣装を見る事を時に忘れてします。スーザンラエのコレクションで白い髪の毛の子が私の目の前を通ったとき、彼女の後ろ姿がいやにきれいな事に気づき、止まってもらい少しかがんでもらうように頼んだ。もちろんそれはこの写真を撮るため。

VOL 2
I was very happy with how my recent story for Nylon Guys Magazine came out, but there are a few pics I love did not make the cut. so here are a couple shots….
撮影がうまくいけばいくほど”オウトてイク”は出てくる。今週特集されたナイロンガイズのストーリー二はとてもハッピーだけど、ここで公表されず終わってしまった写真をみせちゃいます。
visit www.shokophoto.com
Jan 10, 2014 / 18 notes

VOL 2

I was very happy with how my recent story for Nylon Guys Magazine came out, but there are a few pics I love did not make the cut. so here are a couple shots….

撮影がうまくいけばいくほど”オウトてイク”は出てくる。今週特集されたナイロンガイズのストーリー二はとてもハッピーだけど、ここで公表されず終わってしまった写真をみせちゃいます。

visit www.shokophoto.com

VOL 1
I was very happy with how my recent story for Nylon Guys Magazine came out, but there are a few pics I love did not make the cut. so here are a couple shots….
撮影がうまくいけばいくほど”オウトてイク”は出てくる。今週特集されたナイロンガイズのストーリー二はとてもハッピーだけど、ここで公表されず終わってしまった写真をみせちゃいます。
Please visit www.shokophoto.com
Jan 10, 2014 / 10 notes

VOL 1

I was very happy with how my recent story for Nylon Guys Magazine came out, but there are a few pics I love did not make the cut. so here are a couple shots….

撮影がうまくいけばいくほど”オウトてイク”は出てくる。今週特集されたナイロンガイズのストーリー二はとてもハッピーだけど、ここで公表されず終わってしまった写真をみせちゃいます。

Please visit www.shokophoto.com

Check out my shoot for Nylon Guys!
http://www.nylonguysmag.com/hanging-in-the-les/
Please visit www.shokophoto.com
Jan 7, 2014 / 5 notes

Check out my shoot for Nylon Guys!

http://www.nylonguysmag.com/hanging-in-the-les/

Please visit www.shokophoto.com

threeASFOUR showed their new collection which featured 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg. Collaboration of new technology and fashion, I find it interesting and fun. …and here is my runway shot.

threeASFOURの新しいコレクションは建築家ブラッドリー•ローゼンバーグとのコラボで作られた3Dノドレス。私にはこの新しい科学技術とファッションのコラボが興味ぶかい。。。これは私のキャットウォークからの1ショット。
Jan 5, 2014 / 1 note

threeASFOUR showed their new collection which featured 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg. Collaboration of new technology and fashion, I find it interesting and fun. …and here is my runway shot.

threeASFOURの新しいコレクションは建築家ブラッドリー•ローゼンバーグとのコラボで作られた3Dノドレス。私にはこの新しい科学技術とファッションのコラボが興味ぶかい。。。これは私のキャットウォークからの1ショット。

I have a respect for Patrik Ervell’s work, but backstage at his show is intense. Smell of Perfection. Unlike what I was feeling, Matthew was relaxed, eating his salad and chatted with me a little while getting ready…. and there is one of my favorite shots.
visit www.shokophoto.com
完璧主義差を隠せないパトリックの作品とファッションショー。バックステージでもその雰囲気は漂っていてる。でもそこにるんるんと私と世間話をしながらサラダを衣装の後ろで食べるマシュー ベル。ここで1ショット。
Jan 3, 2014 / 456 notes

I have a respect for Patrik Ervell’s work, but backstage at his show is intense. Smell of Perfection. Unlike what I was feeling, Matthew was relaxed, eating his salad and chatted with me a little while getting ready…. and there is one of my favorite shots.

visit www.shokophoto.com

完璧主義差を隠せないパトリックの作品とファッションショー。バックステージでもその雰囲気は漂っていてる。でもそこにるんるんと私と世間話をしながらサラダを衣装の後ろで食べるマシュー ベル。ここで1ショット。

Dec 31, 2013 / 2 notes

This is a little older issue of Modern Painters when a respected artist who is no longer with us, Mike Kelly, was on the cover. I was asked to be on the contributor page. For that issue, I visited Rita Ackermann’s studio and photographed.