Mitsuru Wakabayashi’s casual interest in photography took a turn toward something more serious thanks to a barista at his local coffee shop. With his encouragement, Mitsuru bought and began using a Sony camera instead of taking photos solely on his iPhone, a pivotal moment in his journey as a photographer. For Mitsuru, photography is the medium that allows him to experience his travels and adventures more consciously and intensely, and gives him the opportunity to meet people. He is inspired by the desire to photograph places he wouldn't otherwise see or travel to and wants to capture every moment as a record that will last a lifetime.
Mitsuru shares that his perspective on life has changed completely since he began taking photos, describing himself now as more fascinated and enthralled by the beauty and nostalgia in everyday moments. When moved by something that he witnesses in his daily life, he no longer feels the limitation of an experience only lasting for a moment. Instead, he now understands that through his photography, he can preserve that moment for his lifetime and beyond.
Mitsuru’s images are featured in Trope Tokyo, the fourth volume in the Trope City Editions series, which showcases the quiet traditionalism and sleek futurism of one of the world’s greatest cities.