Jogasaki Adventure

This post begins my transition from client-based blog posts to personal work that I plan to finish out my time in Japan with.  The initial reason I took up photography was to document beautiful places that I constantly found myself in.  I was once stuck in the snow in San Diego at a location where we had a crystal clear view of the ocean.  I was awestruck by the contrast between my surrounding winter wonderland and the sunny beach in the distance.  Alas, I had no camera and that had to change.  

If you want a beautiful hike not too far from Yokosuka, I recommend Jogasaki.  It is on Izu peninsula.  We were drawn there to climb rocks but also ended up hiking the scenic approximately 5km trail (twice).  The nearest train stations are Jogasakikaigan and Izukogen, however we enjoyed a scenic drive along the Shonan coast to reach our destination.  Our hotel (Ooruri Group Hotel) was very reasonable and also has a large public onsen to melt away the strains of the hiking and climbing.  

As a fun hobby I own a couple of film cameras and one of those was all I took with me to document this trip.  I loaded a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film for Jogasaki.  This particular film is known for its high saturation so I thought it would be the perfect thing to bring the vivid details of nature to life.  There is something liberating to photographing with a camera with no complicated menus, no zoom, no preview.  You slow down and spend more time with each image and also don’t spend all night in the hotel thumbing through the day’s work.  You spend it in the onsen.  



Neon Futurism

I am not going to lie. Photographing this was as much fun as it looks. Next time I need to bring a friend to take some behind the scenes photos. Modeling by Martyna Smulkyte. Hair and makeup by Taka from artism-harajuku.com. Studio: Agai Trading Corporation.

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