Moments in Construction

Moments in Construction

by H. Suzuki

TJ: Can you describe the process of taking photographs at a construction site?
SUZUKI: Shooting in monochrome is an expression by a single color consisting of light and shadow or white and black. The subject is achromatized and the composition of the picture is decided based on white (light) and black (shadow). The light and angle of the Sun, which is the origin of light, is one of the most important elements. Therefore, the time of the shoot and the weather are critical.

TJ: What are the biggest lessons you have learned about photography since you started?
SUZUKI: I try to find the perfect date and time for ideal light. However, sometimes I can achieve more in unexpected circumstances. Therefore, I have learned that I should be proud of myself for behaving casually.

TJ: What photography advice would you give to young photographers just starting out?
SUZUKI: Take an extra step toward the subject after viewing through the finder.

TJ: What other advice would you give to young photographers starting out?
SUZUKI: Treat non-living things as if they were human beings or animals.

TJ: What advice do you have for people who want to get into photography but maybe can’t afford equipment?
SUZUKI: Pay attention to the spaces surrounding the subject even if you use a small camera.


TJ: How have you changed since becoming a photographer?
SUZUKI: My imagination has been broadened. I have come to see society through my own eyes and the lens.


TJ: What genre of photography do you like the most and why?
SUZUKI: Impressive wide-angle photography because they pursue an answer to what the subject really is.


TJ: Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth a thousand words”?
SUZUKI: It might be true, but sometimes words have more weight than a picture. Pictures and words both communicate heart.


TJ: Do you have a special style in your photographs that can distinguish your photographs like strokes in a painting?
SUZUKI: Composition and angle. tj



TJ: 建設現場での写真撮影について説明してい ただけますか?
ス ズキ : モノクロームの撮影は光と影、白から 黒への一色表現です。撮影する被写体の色を消 すことは白い色は光、黒い色は影から一枚の絵 の構図を決めるということ。光の発信源である 太陽の光と角度は最重要項目ですね。だから撮 影の時間の決定と天候がポイント。

TJ: 写真撮影で学んだ一番大きな教訓は?
スズキ : 自分の決めた日程と時間に思いどおり の光が指すかどうか? しかし、想定してない 状況から想定以上の収穫があるので思いついた 自分に正直に行動をとる自分に自信をというこ とが学びです。

TJ:若い写真家に対して撮影技術に関するア ドバイスを。
スズキ : ファインダーを覗いてから、もう一歩 被写体に接近。

TJ:若い写真家に対して写真加工に関するアドバイスを。
スズキ : 相手が人間や動物以外のものでも生き物として 接する。

TJ: 写真をやってみたいけれど機材を買う余裕
がない人にアドバイスを。
スズキ: 例え小さなカメラでも被写体を取り囲
む余白に注意。


TJ: 写真撮影による最大の収穫は?
スズキ: 空想する領域が拡がった。自分の目と
レンズを通した目で社会をみる。
TJ: 一番魅力を感じる写真のジャンルは?
スズキ: ワイドレンズでグッと迫る。本質の一
点追求。


TJ:「 1枚の写真は1000 の言葉に匹敵する(百
聞は一見にしかず)」と言われますが、そのと
おりだと思いますか?
スズキ: そういう【コト】もあるだろうし、そ
の逆の【言葉】が写真より重い事こともある。
言葉も写真もともに【こころ】を伝える機能で
す。


TJ: 絵画の場合の筆遣いのように、あなたの写
真に特徴的なスタイルは?
スズキ: 構図・アングルです。tj

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Written By:

Hiroyuki Suzuki

Producer, Author and Photographer Hiroyuki Suzuki has produced many Junko Koshino Fashion Collections in Paris, Beijing, New York and the opening dinner event of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2008. A Tokyo Journal columnist, he is also the author of Yuki et Maria, which is the sequel to the opera Madam Butterfly, I Am Myself Promise and A Moment. He began his career as a photographer in 2006 and the core concept of his photography is A Moment. He has photographed construction sites around the world including the Metro of Dubai, Tokyo International Airport, the Tokyo Gate Bridge, the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway and the renovation of Tokyo Train Station. His photograph exhibitions have been held in Washington, D.C., Shanghai, Beijing and numerous locations throughout Japan.



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