I was recently out with friends in the city of Katori in Chiba Prefecture entertaining a visitor to Japan. Our visitor, Joshua Alexander, was in the country on layover as he made his way back to the States from Korea.
We spent an afternoon wandering around the historic areas of Sawara, a national preservation district in Katori that still retains a good portion of its traditional Japanese design and charm.
Aside from taking in the sights and some soba noodles, we made time to work in a short photo session with Joshua, who is, among other things, a professional model. (I couldn't very well pass up an opportunity to shoot a few photos with an experienced model.)
During our little session, Joshua performed like the true professional he is. I merely told him where to stand and, before I could offer any instruction, he instinctively went into the pose I was looking for and continued to shift into new poses after each shot was taken. As a photographer who mostly works with everyday people who typically don't know what to do in front of a camera without detailed instructions (or a bit of coaxing), it's quite refreshing to work with someone who can comfortably and confidently pose and act with practically no direction.
Much thanks to Joshua for being kind enough to offer up some of his brief time in Japan to pose for some photos.
Thanks for the visit!