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Tokyo, JAPAN - SHOHEI live body painting performance

Japanese Body Painting

In March I shot some photos for an event organized by ERECT Magazine, a Japanese arts magazine and book publisher.

The event was an exhibition (“SUPER ERECT EXHIBITION”) with and by artists published by ERECT, and was one of many events happening at the annual Roppongi Art Night in Tokyo. One of the show’s highlights was the live body painting session by Shohei Otomo.

Tokyo, JAPAN - SHOHEI live body painting performance

Tokyo, JAPAN. 2013. – Japanese artist SHOHEI doing a live body painting performance at Super ERECT Exhibition at the Roppongi Art Night 2013.

At the exhibition space, DJs were playing and over the course of the night a contagious energy developed that not only encouraged a lose exchange of all the artists there, but that also inspired me as a photographer, taking photos as the whole spectacle unfolded. There were many creatives you would never meet usually, from painters to collage artists to porn actress turned photographer, who were all “about freedom and being DIY, self taught, self promoted, anti authoritarian, non institutional, collaborative and communal” – street artists in their truest sense, to steal the words of a Backwoods Gallery curator.

One of the highlights was the live body painting performance by Japanese illustrator Shohei Otomo, and it was a pleasure to be sucked into this creative atmosphere while shooting photos, almost as if I was feeding off his creativity.

That said, I was facing quite some photographic challenges and certainly learned a lot during that shoot 😉

Here’s a couple more shots from that night:

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5 comments

What can I say? 'twas fun 😉

That was a tough venue to shoot. Especially with all the mixed lights and ever changing projected background. But you did a good job man! The smoking shot is great and of course the “eyes” shot is awesome 🙂

Thanks Andrew. I’d love to see the shots you took there some day. From what I saw on the back of your camera you got some really good ones 😉

It was a extremely smart japanese body paintings.Many these body painting footage i ne’er seen before .Keep it the great work.

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