Live body painting session with Shohei Otomo in Tokyo, Japan, in 2013.
originally published in April 2013
In March I shot some photos for an event organized by ERECT Magazine, a Japanese arts magazine and book publisher I interned at in 2013.
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 a live body painting session by Shohei Otomo.
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 usually never meet, from painters to collage artists to porn actress turned photographer, and all were “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 I was sucked into this creative atmosphere while shooting photos, almost as if 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: