Hirokazu Toda has caught the eye of street-photography.co for some time now. The mystical play of light and shadows give the viewer an instant clue that the image is one of Hirokazu’s. Hirokazu is a loyal participant of our photo group, and is often featured on the FB fan page.
sp.co: Hello, Hirokazu, tell us your story and background.
Hirokazu: I am a street photographer and shooting Tokyo. Once I traveled Asia for a few years to record life of people. I did not take pictures for a long time but flickr let me return to photography world again.
sp.co: Why do you like photography?
Hirokazu: I like watching beautiful facial expressions and beautiful relationships of people so I want to record to share them. And if it’s possible, I hope my photos will be useful for the world or somebody someday.
sp.co: What was your first camera?
Hirokazu: I forgot my first camera but I can tell that it was a Nikon FM2 that I bought when I was in my twenties. This camera is full manual and it taught me most of photography knowledge that I have now.
I love to play with light and shadow, a great mystery.
sp.co: What is it about photography that you love?
Hirokazu: I like shooting positive daily life of people even though it’s not anything special. If it is not decisive moment, they are shining like gems.
sp.co: Hirokazu, do you have any projects that you are working on?
Hirokazu: I don’t have any projects in particular but I try to shoot various aspects of world. I take simple portraits too. It’s not candid. I hope I will take the documentary in the future.
sp.co: How do you describe your photographic style?
Hirokazu: My style is nothing particular. I want to take all kinds of pictures if possible and I try not to think anything while shooting so it may be “instinctive” style.
New experiment of shooting with flash at night.
sp.co: Do you have mentor?
Hirokazu: I did not have any mentors and I did not even go to photography school. My cameras and streets may be my mentors.
sp.co: Do you have favorite photograpersh in particular?
Hirokazu: My favorite photographers are Ihe Kimura, Shinya Fujiwara, Mika Ninagawa and Martin Parr so I like their work.