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For my last postcard for now I would like to post this image from my photo book, Sunlanders, because it means so much to me as something emblematic of a street photography image. When I was working on the project traveling throughout Japan, I had Robert Frank’s The Americans on my mind. Like Frank, I was a foreigner attempting to interpret my adopted country with photography. Of course, this picture is made slightly in homage to Frank’s cover shot for this book– a passenger on a bus. The light was so good that day that it created a triptych of reflections, including the brick on the passenger’s face. The passenger himself is an everyman, a man in his twenties or thirties with glasses and a flu mask, a man you might see anywhere in Japan but who has come into some poignancy with this light, a poignancy he never knew he had at that moment. I love the tricks light plays on surfaces and mirrors and the good luck the photographer has in occasionally finding and seizing it. And I photographed this on Shijo, a busy thoroughfare in Kyoto where I live, after a long day of walking back and forth, hoping to see something beautiful. The best things happen when you keep on keeping on.

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A native of Los Angeles, California, Sean Lotman is based in Japan. Having spent most of his twenties and thirties working on narrative fiction, he is now focused on photography, particularly color darkroom printing. His first photo book, Sunlanders, was published in London by Bemojake in September, 2016. He is currently working on his second book, Blown Zen Moments, which pairs prints made with the Dian f+ toy camera with haiku poetry. He lives in Kyoto with his wife, the photographer Ariko Inaoka, and their young son, Tennbo.

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