“There is no color. It’s just black and white,” said street photographer De’Andre Scott. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he lives in Tokyo, Japan. Scott’s voyeuristic portraits are unorthodox moments in a homogenous country where eye contact is rare and talking to strangers is unusual at best. Subtle greys permeate the images, almost as a declaration of ambiguity. Harsh shadows superimpose simple compositions saturated in intimacy, especially when considering the subject’s proximity. The people in his portraits appear so close to the lens that you could accidentally bump heads when passing them on the street. Some people look frozen in mid-thought, in mid-flight, to the noisiest part of their minds where not even the push and pull of an overcrowded subway could distract them from their worries and daydreams. Scott says most people curiously ask him why he took their picture. Others want him to take another one.
He’s having a solo exhibition this Saturday, February first. It’s at FM Dining Bar Harajuku (神宮前2-31-7, Shibuya, Tokyo), starts at 6pm, runs through the third. TMG caught up with Scott in Harajuku to interview him for our first official video profile. Peep it below along with some of his photos.