I was asked by YouTube to photograph young video creators for their profile pictures and promotional materials. It was an intense shoot, lasting two days, with over two dozen people being photographed in total. The location was the YouTube offices in Tokyo, where they have a giant production facility. As a photographer, this was a dream location to shoot in, although I had to adapt the space, normally used for video, for photography. The people were an incredible mix – experts on martial arts and makeup, musicians, comedians and more. Here are some behind-the-scenes photos, as well as some of the final photos created for the project.
Written by Benjamin Parks
After finishing my photography studies at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, I moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and started doing commercial photography. Known for my ability to handle a wide variety of genres, my work ranges from portraits of business leaders, to advertising campaigns for major companies, to still-life photos. I've had three solo exhibitions in Tokyo, and my work has been featured in many publications, both Japanese and international.More about me