Here’s a series of cinematic photos I did with actor Eiji Leon Lee. One of the first ever full-on shoots I’ve done with a male model. It was a challenging 6 hours of walking in the freezing cold for this shoot but it was fun and Eiji was always up to the challenge. I really need to make my shoots more compact and squeeze them into a one or two hour sittings but sometimes I just get in the zone and time ceases to exist; I feel sorry for my subjects If you want to shoot with me , be prepared for something intense.
It is the story of a man who turned to a life of crime by working for the Yakuza. I won’t go into detail about the story but let your imagination run. We shot around the streets of Kabukicho, Shinjuku, the yakuza district of Tokyo. This area is littered with various love hotels, nightclubs, bars, hostess clubs, sex shops, stripclubs and adult stores with touts at every corner of the street. No doubt many of these seedy establishments are run and protected by members of the Yakuza. For this shoot, I try to fully utilize colors as Shinjuku’s bright neon lights at night have so much mood and feeling. I really like cinematic photography and a series of photos which tell some kind of story. These perhaps are a little disjointed but I hope you can enjoy the photos.
Check out one of Eiji’s recent films: