Streets of Tokyo
May we introduce our latest member of the WideOyster family? We are thrilled with John Donica, photographer and cinematographer from Moldova. He shot all the scenes for our Ode to the Journey: Japan. He also created these stunning images of the streets of Tokyo. A short introduction.
In 2012, John graduated from the Academy of Music Theater and Fine Arts from Moldova (AMTAP), as a film director and editor. From 2016 till 2018 he taught cinematography there as well. His work has been s awarded at several international film festivals such as IDFA, Vision du Reel, Cronograf, DocuArtFest and others. In 2019 he was nominated for the European Press Prize shortlist with ‘The Drums of Democracy‘. Now, John is a freelance cinematographer based in Tokyo.
John, what do you look for when you want to capture the soul of a nation when shooting travel films?
“For me, the connection between human and nature is essential. The feelings and emotions of the people in relationship with the space that surrounds them. How they organize and design the villages and cities. How culture, tradition and landscape, influence this aspect in a different way from country to country. Also, I’m paying attention to details. I’m trying to see what other people don’t see. I guess that’s what the key ingredient is.”
What are your thoughts behind this photographic series Streets of Tokyo?
“I like to observe the things that surround us. How sometimes simple and ordinary things can be very powerful; how people are walking or talking, how the light is creating shapes and shadows, how the streets are getting wet from the rain and the lights of the city and shapes of the people are reflecting on the roads. Street photography, especially here in Tokyo, help me to be conscious of these moments. This series is the result.”
How do you feel about living in Japan and about its people?
“Japan was always a different world for me. And it still is. Full of tradition, spirit, power, hospitality and mystery. It impresses me continuously. Japan is a country of contrasts, and I love that so much. You can see it anywhere and in anything: in the people, cities and of course landscapes. I like how they keep and promote the traditions and culture in everyday life. Japan is proud of its rich culture. And they should be.”
What is the most wondrous about Japan?
“Dedication and tolerance, I’m amazed by how much dedication and tolerance they have. Perfection is not perfect enough. Fantastic.”