Although major cities in Japan lend themselves to visually striking photography, with their skyscrapers, crowds, and plethora of lights, Riki Shinagawa chooses to capture the country’s natural beauty by responding “to a myriad of opportunities and moments.”
Previously working with different media such as music and fashion, Shinagawa recently chose to funnel his artistic expression through a camera lens, saying photography has the unique ability to capture fleeting moments. The output is a series of compelling works. Here, Shinagawa’s visual narrative Storytelling of My Journey reflects what draws him to photograph Japan, a commonplace spirit of caring for the old, beautiful landscapes.
“Japan continues to be a treasure trove of captivating culture, with many aspects dating back to the Edo period still prevalent today,” he explains. “In places like Kyoto, the charm lies in the architecture of machiya (traditional townhouses), temples, and shrines. Additionally, the allure of Japan for me includes iconic features like Mount Fuji and the quaint, old-fashioned townscapes surrounding it.”
To see more of Shinagawa’s work, visit his Instagram @riki_s7_.