Couple Jam Part 2

Tokyo based Photographer Hal keeps the creativity flowing this week in part 2 of the Couple Jam interview.

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Last week we shared part 1 of an interview with Photographer Hal. This week we continue as Photographer Hal shares some insights into his process and philosophy.

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Kawaii Couples colorful, cute and creative

Masao: The diversity of shots in your Couple Jam book makes it so attractive. It looks like an intense project, how long did it take you to shoot all the pictures for the Couple Jam book?

Photographer Hal: It took about 1 year from beginning to having it published. I spent about 2 hours with each couple.

Masao: Couple Jam is your third published book. Each time you seem to have a different concept. How do you chose models to suit your theme? Do you stick to any rules?

Photographer Hal: I choose models according to my own taste, it is quite diverse so I like to takes shots of as many different people as possible. Having created three photographic books my thoughts and ideas about people and looks have been widely expanded, I am open to capturing anyone. Having said that, I always have a concept in mind and look for various people who will work into the concepts.

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Couple Concept – open and diverse

Masao: From your experience, what are the most important things to think about when publishing photographic work?

Photographer Hal: The most important thing when publishing photo books is to ensure that you have full permission from all the models to use their photos. If a model in your published piece says no to having their photo on show you cannot put it up for sale. This kind of thing should be established before publishing, it is the first thing you need to think about.

Masao: What kind of camera and lens do you usually use?

Photographer Hal: I carry around RICHO GX200, when I shoot at a studio I use Canon1DSMKs.

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Loving the Art – focus on togetherness

Masao: Do you have any advice for others wishing to pursue photographic projects?

Photographer Hal: More than anything you have to love the art of photography. That is my best advice.

Masao: Do you have any tips for people who are studying to become a photographer?

Photographer Hal: Not just for photographer but for life two things are required, stamina and mental strength.

For more information you can read Photographer Hal’s profile in English or check out Couple Jam on Tokyo Made.  

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Comment (日本語もOK)

oi~ love the tip!
this guy has mad skills C:
love the pictures

Nov 11, 2009 (3050 days ago)

I love it (_)

Nov 12, 2009 (3049 days ago)

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