Thomas was inspired by an article he read in the New York Times years ago that was loosely related to Harajuku fashion. At the event at Kinokuniya on Tuesday, he explained that his perception of Harajuku fashion changed. When he began the project he was under the impression that there were very specific subcultures but after he traveled to Japan and began taking photos, he realized that it was much more loosely defined than he initially thought. He found it difficult to contact people involved in the Harajuku fashion scene from overseas so he and his assistant went to Japan and met Kumamiki on the street who then helped them find others to participate in the photo project. He explained that the photo sessions were a maximum of 30 minutes. He explained that most people who aren't models get uncomfortable after working in front of the camera for longer than that.
My favorite question someone asked is how long they intend to dress the way they do. Aguko said that she is going to dress how she wants until someone stops her so basically she will be this way forever. Thomas explained that he found many of the people he photographed said that they don't feel like they are their true selves unless they are dressed in their preferred style. I really felt inspired and empowered after I visited Harajuku 2 years ago. I felt like anyone could express themselves through their clothing however they wanted and it's encouraged. No matter how outrageous it is, it's appreciated and respected.
|Me and Kumamiki!|