If you missed the first part of this Tokyo series of three you should check it out here —> Travel Photography – Tokyo (Part 1).
As I was saying before, Japan really surprised me. And some of the things people normally would say are cliches hit the nail right on the head. Probably true with quite some of cliches, for so many other things too.
Interestingly enough Tokyo is the cleanest Metropolis I have seen so far and I am not too sure how they pull it off. Especially when you compare it to cities like Berlin, Paris and New York, but also to a lot smaller cities. A second very interesting observation was that Tokyo felt very very safe at all times. Which, when you travel a lot mostly comes through your behaviour, but there was not one corner, street or anything that would have had a weird vibe. We might have missed those maybe, but you normally stumble upon them here and there. Ah well. Not complaining, not at all.
Last year we went on a wonderful drive down Monaco for a photo production for and with Mercedes-Benz. I was on the production team and helped out as good as possible and shot some BTS footage along the way. The photographers Lisa Linke and Nate Hassler were given two Mercedes-AMG SL63s in the Championship Edition. One white, one black.
Also along the ride Stellan Stephenson who was Lisa and Nate’s photo assistant on this trip.
Not sure where to start. This trip was very special in more than one way. Tokyo, as is Hong Kong, has been on my bucket list for a long long time. And when we started looking into where to go for a vacation it was between Tokyo and Hong Kong. We decided on Tokyo in the end because of a couple of reasons. All of them gut decisions of course. As so many other people I got interested in, specifically, Chinese and Japanese culture through movies. From classic Hong Kong films to early Anime films and TV series. My first real memories of the first things I watched are Goldorak aka Goldrake aka UFO Grendizer, some Bruce Lee Movie ( I really can’t remember which one), Jackie Chans Drunken Master and a beautiful Martial Arts film called Ninja Commando. From there I probably went the regular route via Ninja movies to more Anime to Hong Kong films and Japanese and Asian cinema. Going down that rabbit hole you certainly get interested in more than just the films and episodes themselves. I remember when Starbucks was still not know in Germany and you kept seeing it popping up more and more in Films and Episodes in US Films and series’s. You really got the urge to go there and drink yourself to death with coffee. Luckily unlike Starbucks, experiencing Japanese and Asian culture in general have not been a disappointment. I know I know, this is not a very sophisticated or highly cultural background, but what can I say… It’s what got me into it more and more over all these years. Also over the years Japanese and asian food has become more and more important for me.
So we made it all up in one piece. An amazing trip, exhausting, beautiful and lots of great opportunities to shoot some amazing photos, but when I first heard of the idea for the trip, I thought it would make so much sense to not fly back, but to drive back down all the way through Norway this time. Luckily I was able to convince the fine people at Mercedes-Benz and even get the Hasselblad with me on board for this part of the trip. I got a H5D-40 and a couple of beautiful lenses with and I was ready to gogo. I had a very rough idea of what route to take back down to Germany, but nothing specific booked written down. And normally it is not a real problem, the only thing was, is, the only road that goes all the way down from the North-cape through Norway is just that, a road. not a Highway, or an Autobahn. It’s curvy, stunningly beautiful, has quite some traffic and sometimes just ends up at a ferry.
This is one of those trips. Probably a once in a lifetime thing. Especially in this shape and form. Mercedes-Benz organized another fantastic roadtrip and this one went a little beyond everything we have done so far. What I have done so far for sure. The main trip was planned to promote the the GLE and take a group of around 22 Journalists, Bloggers, Instagramers from Kitzbühel in Austria to the North-cape. an at least 4000km Journey. The group was a fantastic mix of people from all over the world. Russia to South Africa, Italy, France and so on.
It has been some time and you are about to get hit hard! Leila Lowfire is back and we’re going to rock your world. There is a lot of stuff coming up in the next few weeks, too. I was home for a while now and had time to work through a lot of stuff that fell somewhat behind. From a lot more model work to road trips, travel work, Hasselblads and so on. You are in for a ride, but for now enjoy the photos I took of Leila last year. Set three of five that I have posted here. Check out ONE and TWO if you haven’t already!
See you later and have a fantastic week!
Back when I was in NYC for the MBRT15 Roadtrip I wanted to at least do one model shoot and was very lucky to have VerjinyaLee recommended to me. What a fun shoot and I think it shows. I am very happy with the results, especially as we only shot for quite a short amount of time. Always so much fun to create beautiful work with great people. Check out her portfolio over at http://verjinyalee.tumblr.com and let me know what you think.