Ben Beech - Photographer in Tokyo

Ben Beech

I'm a photographer in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I am a Freelance Photographer from England, currently living and shooting in Tokyo.
I use both analogue and digital cameras, and enjoy self-processing at home as well as darkroom printing.

Cameras currently in my bag: Canon 5D, Nikon FE2, Konica BigMini, Ricoh GR1

My Creations

  1. Vacanze Italiane

    8 September 2015

    This is a three part project I shot in various cities around Italy in 2012 and 2013. The project is based loosely on the 1953 movie Vacanze Romane by William Wyler, a movie that paints a very ordinary yet aesthetically pleasing black and white image of urban Italy in the... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. ハイキョ ライフ

    15 September 2015

    The word 'haikyo' in Japanese literally translates as ‘abandoned place’. Japan is full of haikyo due to a number of reasons including its rapid industrialization during the twentieth century, extensive damage during WWII and perhaps the biggest reason - the collapse of the 1980s real estate bubble.

    With a lot... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. These images are taken from a 365 project I shot back in 2012. I shot one image a day for a whole year - there was no theme or influence, other than that what was in front of me as I went about my daily life, mostly on the streets... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  4. "Darkness causes us no discontent, we resign ourselves to it as inevitable. If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty. But the progressive Westerner is determined always to better his lot. From candle to oil lamp... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  5. Music Photography

    17 December 2015

    A sample of some work I have done for artists in the music industry. My very first freelance photography job was for a music magazine in London, it is an area of photography I have been interested in ever since and continue to build on here in Tokyo.

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  6. Just Sat There

    28 January 2016

    Just sat there

    A seat is a lovely thing to take, and they are often taken for granted by the seated. For the upstanding, a seat is greener grass. Walk long enough and even a log or shapely stone seems welcome.

    All chairs are designed for rest, but only some... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  7. Cuts & Bruises is a barbershop located on Hackney Road in East London. They recently opened for business and I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with them in creating a set of photographs to be used for promotional material. This is a small sample of what... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Travel Photography in Japan

    Travel Photography in JapanI have been working in freelance travel photography for some time now, working with both Japanese and foreign companies who want to promote ...

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  9. Sensei

    20 December 2016
    Sensei

    I visit sensei twice a month. Sensei teaches me Shodo (calligraphy) and Sumie (ink painting). He also teaches me Japanese, albeit from a different generation. Sensei i...

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  10. The Nagano Village that Modernity Forgot

    This is an article I had published in the Japan Times last year, in their Travel Section. I decided to re-post it here with extra photos as there was a limit to the nu...

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  11. Accelerate Magazine Cover Shots

    Back in 2015 I started working for Accelerate, a magazine based out of Europe with localized editions published in Japan, America and of course across Europe. The comp...

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  12. Something About Bamboo

    There's something about bamboo. The colours, the lines, the light. The shadows. A project born out of bamboo groves I found myself in. From Ibaraki to Kanagawa, Nagano...

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  13. Last of the Dojunkai

    This is a project I shot back in 2013, on 35mm film. It is a visual exploration of the last of the Dojunkai Apartments, the iconic Tokyo social housing projects built ...

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