This week on the Prodibi Pixel Magazine, we go to Tokyo, Japan, to meet with the prolific photographer Akiomi Kuroda.
Working as a commercial photographer since 2016, Akiomi is also known for his beauty and portrait photographs for which he has received many photo awards.
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A few words about you, how did you start photography?
I was born and brought up in Tokyo, Japan. So I am the type of man who doesn’t prefer nature, I appreciate the city atmosphere at one hundred percent. When I was in my late twenties, I bought my first DSLR camera for some trips I had planned. So initially, it was just for some trips I was taking. I had enjoyed photography previously but it was always for fun, as a hobby, I never enjoyed it in an artistic way.
In 2014, I had a chance to exhibit some of my images in a portraiture exhibition, and it was at that time that I realized how many people are addicted to photography. They inspired me so much, and it’s the reason why I became a photographer myself.
Can you briefly explain your creative process for a great beauty shot?
I have never thought about my photography has great, but thank you for the compliment. Actually, when I imagine the idea of a beauty shot, it’s mostly from a curiosity standpoint with the lighting and retouching. I always want to be surprised by the result of the shooting. You can expect the result of a beauty shot depending on how you have planned the lighting and makeup, that's why I try to go over my expectation.
Any advice for beginners who want to start beauty photography?
My advice is simple, shoot a lot and with a lot of preparation and thinking. It’s okay if you don’t have a wonderful idea, just shoot. But you need to think a lot about the reason why your set-up is like this, why you use this gear, why you set the light there, etc.
Are you inspired by the work of other photographers or directors, painters?
Yes. I get inspiration from some photographers and painters such as Edward Hopper, David Fincher, Gregory Crewdson, Nick Knight. But in beauty fields, I don’t know who inspired me.
Is there someone in the world you dream to photograph or a particular goal you wish to reach?
Hmmm. Maybe Lily Collins, Rooney Mara, and Daniel Day-Lewis. They are my heroes.
About your photography gears, what are your favorite tools?
Leica M. I have some mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, but my favorite camera is the Leica M. I don’t know why I love it so much, but it works for me very well and I shoot a lot with it.
Do you have projects for the future like workshops, personal series?
I don’t have special projects. I just have some on-going series, not only beauty series though. Mostly in fine-art and portraiture fields. I wish you'll see my other series some day somewhere.
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