© Danny Allegretti
Tokyo moves quickly.
People come and go in lines, building designs are compact and efficient yet beautiful, and it’s hard to find anything, not even a single wire, out of place. The new and the old mix, the food is delicious (especially the sushi) and everything you could ever need is probably downstairs.
It’s a street photographer’s dream, where the only challenge is keeping up and catching the moments in the cracks and spaces before they disappear. That’s where Sam Abell—the legendary photographer leading our “Autumn in Japan: On the Poet’s Path” expedition—comes in. From the moment Sam landed, compositions of the Japan surrounding us have seemed to fall in place, almost as if perfectly framed images revolve around him. It appears no challenge is too great for Sam, his natural gifts bolstered by years of on-assignment experience for National Geographic in wild places across the globe. With his camera always at the ready and his keen eye able to frame and decipher the layers of a city, Sam moves with the ease, grace and comfort that only years of practice can produce.
In the days leading up to the arrival of our participants, George Nobechi, our gifted organizer, has led Sam and I to world-renowned sushi on top of a toy store in Ginza, through the narrow alleyways of Shinjuku, and to the former castle town of Hagi, marking Sam’s first return visit in 16 years. Great photographs seem to be lurking around every corner and an incredible adventure awaits us all.
Post by Danny Allegretti