Being the Chosen One in this century-old Japanese Shinto tradition is both an honour and cause for trepidation. The Shin Otoko will be part of a select group of initiates who have survived the pummelling, pinching and grabbing of 10,000 half-naked and semi-sober men.
Trying to tell a story in images requires the ability to distill all sensory input into a visual output. Taste, touch, smell and hearing all combine with vision in how one experiences a situation, an exotic destination, a crowded marketplace or a frenzied festival.
Photography only has the visual aspect to convey this richness and in order to be successful the photographer has to be skilled in the art of omission. Omit everything that doesn’t help suck in the viewer into feeling present. Exaggerate, get up close, try an unusual angle and don’t be afraid of shadows.
And above all photograph with your heart.