Ten years ago I stopped photography because I had to work to sustain my needs. For 10 years I haven’t taken any single picture. I couldn’t, I felt paralyzed, like a dead man. I met Jacob (Jacob Aue Sobol / Magnum Photos Workshop) and he really inspired me. During the workshop I was at last able to take pictures again. I actually shot thousands of pictures in just four days. It was like as if I couldn’t stop any more. Jacob woke me up and brought me to a higher level. I felt like I was just reborn! I was too fast at shooting sometimes, so because of that my pictures can be a little superficial. Jacob told me that it was good that I was being really productive, but that sometimes I should try and go deeper. I have the accelerator and the brake under control now, so I just have to find the right balance for me.
I see photography as a fragment. For this series, I gathered fragments of Tokyo. They are simply ‘fragments.’ Tokyo is a big city and it’s not my hometown. I am actually from Osaka and I do feel very isolated here, but I guess it is probably the case for many people. Photography captures the object and at the same time reveals the photographer himself. So this story is pretty much about isolation. I wanted to look at the city where I am living and find out more about myself, so I went out and photographed everything I saw. And also this series is homage to Jacob’s I, Tokyo.
–from an interview, Olivier Laurent / British Journal of Photography