The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter


Tokyo Commuters

There’s a new online magazine/forum (not actually sure what to call it) out called vewd which showcases some lesser known documentary photographers…and get this…actually pays them for their work. Not much but a start and better than most of this sort of thing.

Came across a familiar image, if not a familiar name, on there with Matthew Messmer’s Tokyo commuter essay. Quite nice work, captures the little, thin atmospheres each Tokyo commuter seems to carry around with them. This space, that is so very public, is worn like a shield within which each person lives their most private moments whether that be putting on make-up or picking their nose or curling their body around the ticks of business stress and everyone else politely ignores them.

The images are a little predictable if I’m honest but accomplished (taking candid photographs on the trains and in the shops is not as easy as you’d think) I like the faces especially and particularly in the first picture, he has found and captured some great expressions. What he says about the sky in the introduction is also very true though unfortunately there is no picture of this.

The picture above is some Tokyo commuters of my own from a light and dark project.



3 responses

  1. Tomo

    Hiya, Damon.

    This pic is literally familiar with me. It is Nagatacyo on Hanzo-mon line isn’t it?

    I am going to start a brand-new life in london in a month or so.
    In fact, I will attend pre-cessional course at UCL from 4th of August.

    I’d really like to talk to you soon.

    Are your family getting their second breath?

    take care


    June 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm

  2. Vewd looks very interesting. They asked me to consider putting something together, which I will at some point after my transatlantic move.

    July 3, 2008 at 3:07 am

  3. Thanks Tomo, you know I think it is that station I shot it quickly as i was going up the other escalator. Talk soon. Damon

    July 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm

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