Photography Story: Once Upon a Time — In Tokyo at 5 AM

Covid has probably forced you to delay your travel plan indefinitely since last year, but what if I can transcend the limitation of space and time and take you to a completely different place right now? If you are interested, read on and experience the magic of photography!

Keith Chen

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Image by Author. Shot in Tokyo, 2016

In my recent story ‘Street Photography — Finding that Decisive Moment’, I introduced the idea that photography is like a time- and teleport-machine combined; when done right, it has the ability to transcend the limitation of space and time and bring viewers back to the scene where the action took place. Based on this idea, I was inspired to start a story series called ‘Once Upon A Time’, in which I want to take viewers back to a time and place that I have visited before and taken some interesting photos from. Think of these as curated tours of places that I have special memories with along the way of my photography journey. In this Covid madness where traveling for leisure is almost impossible, I hope this virtual experience can temporarily fix your craving for travel before the world goes back to normal again (finger crossed).

Image by Author. Shot in Tokyo, 2016

To kick off this series, I will start with the place that I have been most fascinated by (this is out of the 50+ cities that I have taken photos from). The place is Tokyo, and the time was 5 AM on a cold December morning. Why that early in the morning you may ask. Please read on to find out. In this story, I will use three questions — (1) Why? (2) What? and (3) How? — to guide you through this experience that took place 5 years ago, yet is still fresh in mind thanks to the magic of photography.

Image by Author. Shot in Tokyo, 2016

(1) Why?

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Keith Chen

Photographer, Product Manager @ Google, Professor, Runner, Hiker, and World Traveler. Took photos from 50+ cities (and counting). Language : 中文 / EN