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The Gaijin Eye

“Wink,” I said to the girl. But as she shyly shut her eyes I let the camera miss the moment… delaying just enough to capture her heavily lidded lashes droop back open in a sensual, if slightly salacious way.

This was of course never her intention, rather it was mine. The photo that resulted was therefore more a portrait of me. It was a reflection of my eyes and how I saw the girl and the world that she inhabited. Mine.

This quirk of reality and the way it turns tables on you was the rationale behind this special photo feature. The intention here is to show Japan as foreigners see it. By doing so we think it says more about the people behind the lens than what is in front. You be the judge.