Even by recent standards, this year has been an absolute shocker, but in a world seemingly gone mad, photography has once again been an incredible source of joy, and to a certain extent, escape. The gift that without a doubt just keeps on giving. What’s more, the constant desire to photograph the city, and indeed the country I live in, has taken me to all sorts of places, and in doing so, allowed me to meet all sorts of different people.
In this sense I’ve been doubly lucky, as 2019 has also seen my freelance photography and bespoke Tokyo photowalks business experience its best year yet. Most notably in a pure photography sense, I achieved a long-term goal of having a photo series in The Guardian, and photowalk-wise I’ve done more than ever before. The latter providing the chance to meet a huge variety of people, from a whole host of different countries. Visitors who have happily proven that there really is hope after all, as contrary to how it sometimes seems, the world is actually full of interesting, open minded individuals who are intrigued by the world around them.
And on that unusually positive note, these are the photos I like the most, or in some cases, simply mean the most — each with a link to the original post below. A set of images that wrap up Tokyo Times for the year. So until January 3rd, when normal posts will resume, Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2020!