STAY AT HOME : TOKYO

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This series shows photos taken between March 28th-May 25th, 2020 in our 34 sq meter apartment in central Tokyo.

 

By the end of February, COVID-19 had started to spread around Japan, there was pressure to enforce more strict lockdown measures while nothing had been announced officially, companies like mine started having us work from home. By mid March my life had become confined to my apartment, working from home and not going out socially.

 

I was frustrated that I wasn't able to go out freely and I wanted to take photos.

Therefore, on March 28, I started to take photos of my wife at home and posted one photo a day on Instagram. I also thought this might encourage people to keep creating in the tough times.

 

By April 8th the government had declared a State of Emergency for Tokyo and other prefectures, now we were officially confined to our homes.

 

In my work, I am always seeking to share different perspectives.

 

The limitations of space and subject, my apartment and my wife, gave me a daily challenge to see the room and the person anew.

 

I began to notice more subtle elements around us, like a sunbeam, shadow or street light. They felt different. They provided the new perspective I needed to keep the photos fresh.

 

Nowadays, technology enables us to take photos more than ever, it is so easy, it doesn’t necessarily feel special anymore.

 

To make a photo special depends on what you take, when you take, how you take and why you take.

 

I used the LeicaQ, all black and white modifies, and the limitation of within my apartment and the focus on one subject.

 

Hope you can see all the special moments what I saw.

 

On 5/25, declaration of state of emergency came to the end, 59 days after the first photo that I took.

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