Doing test shoots with Josiah was one of my favourite activities during my 3-month stint in Tokyo! Everything looked interesting to our Singaporean eyes, and we were particularly drawn to traditional looking Japanese places – which basically meant that we spent a lot of time acting like tourists in typical touristy places.
Our first test shoot had us struggling to get a clean shot, yes just like a sniper, amidst a curious crowd in Asakusa on a Saturday morning. In hindsight, it was such an lousy decision on our part! Asakusa is THE touristy place to be, and we couldn’t have picked a more stressful environment to work with.
For our second shoot together (above), we headed for a museum that I chanced upon in Google images. What we didn’t realize then was that it’d take us more than an hour to get there via the train and bus, then another 20 minutes on foot. On the upside, the location was so far-flung that we didn’t have to deal with any tourists for a change…?
The clothes were pulled from a combination of Josiah’s designs/his wardrobe, as well as FUNKTIQUE Tokyo, a vintage store in Harajuku that has become one of my favourite places to be. The store carries 90s’ Brooklyn-inspired vintage pieces, and their customers include Mademoiselle Yulia and even BoA!
Through losing my Japanese phone in their store (lol), I learnt that Funktique’s lady boss Misato speaks and writes fluent English, and we’ve become friends ever since. Who knew that there’d be perks to being a ditz?
This shoot is most certainly a labour of love, and though it’s been a long time since (we shot these in July last year!), I’m still really happy with how the images turned out. ありがとうね、ジョくん、みさとちゃん！♥