Photography: Shinmaiko・新舞子

Like most beaches in industrialized nations Japanese beaches offer a real mishmash of ideas and personalities. On the one hand you have the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippine Sea, and the Sea of Japan, and on the other ugly ports, refineries, and wind turbines. Combined with a random slice of Japanese society, from teenage dropouts, to pro athletes, to over-worked salarymen and picnicking families, the beaches in this part of the world have a lot to offer the inquisitive viewer.

These photos are quick sketches of rough ideas that I hope to improve on this summer.
And in keeping with the mix of ideas I think I used 3 different types of film for these photos. Hence the colour shifts.

Like I said, rough ideas.




Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

3 thoughts on “Photography: Shinmaiko・新舞子

    • Thanks.

      I sold all my digital gear last autumn. Film is liberating.

      I follow your blog a lot and really like it. I’m overdue a trip to Mumbai so maybe we can meet one day.
      By the way, I recently heard that it’s unfashionable to call Mumbai Mumbai. Locals still use Bombay, apparently. Is this true?


      • I personally prefer Bombay, but it’s Mumbai now so that’s what I call it…never been one to keep up with whats fashionable 🙂 Its great you shoot just film…it is indeed liberating and pure! Look forward to catching up whenever you make it to Mumbai next.


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