I hadn’t thought about Kohta in a long time. He’s a funny, fascinating and multi-layered human. And a young director, photographer, editor, writer and a 3-D graphics dude (I’m not sure what order he prefers nowadays). I was asked a while back by his production company to take some shots for their website and promo materials. When I asked “what kind of shots,” they were a bit hesitant to say. They told me he’s funny, but shy, adventurous, but sometimes reserved. They told me I should probably talk to Kohta and see what he wants to do.
When Kohta and I chatted on the phone I had already thought of a few ideas which he was very open to. In fact, he didn’t say “no” to anything. The day of the shoot he brought a few different outfits, an old super 8 camera and a few Shoot Magazines. It was a surprising experience for me. During the first few moments of shooting, I thought “oh shit, this is going to suck.” Kohta was incredibly shy. But on the fourth moment, he came alive, shattering the shy facade i couldn’t break through only a minute before. I don’t know whether the drugs kicked in or if he just needed to get comfortable in his surroundings. He started cracking jokes. Throwing out ideas (good ones). And was willing to cat call strangers on the street as convincingly as any construction worker on a lunch break. He loved the idea of holding a blank sign we could fill in later.
I’m not sure what he’s up to right now, but looking back at some of our pics makes me giggle. I hope he’s freakin’ famous.