Torigoe Shrine Festival – Men
Few things are as attractive as a confident, natural, relaxed man with a purpose. If you look around the web these days there are plenty of photos of very beautiful or very powerful men and women, but very few flattering photos of everyday, standard men. As a photographer, taking photos of beautiful things is very easy and very rewarding. Point and click. The more beautiful the person is the better the photo. A monkey with an instamatic could not fail to get a good photo of Kate Moss for example. But what attracts me in photography is to find the beauty hidden in the everyday, to find the most flattering aspect of any person I see. Like these men who took part in the Torigoe Shrine festival one evening earlier this summer. None of them would be invited to the runway and you would probably pass any of them on the street without thinking. But in reality, if you look closely enough, there is as much beauty in all of these faces as there is in the most highly paid supermodel in Paris. Of course it helps that a Japanese festival with its community spirit, uniforms equalizing everyone across nations, class and age, and the singleminded purpose of the festival, where the normal everyday machines temporarily surrenders to the human spirit.