Sharing Stories From The Battlefield To Ease The Pain

Recently I have been struggling with where to go with my photo style. I like to experiment with different styles, not because I am trying to find any one particular style, but because it keeps things interesting to me. I know you are suppose to come to a point where you define your style and then refine it, but I don't know if I really want or can do that. There is too much out there to enjoy in this medium. If I develop any style at all it will be from something others see in my work that maybe I don't. Is this a bad thing? I don't know. Thoughts?


One thing I am trying to do is come up with projects. Right now I am working on (and this shot is a part of) a project called "The Salary Man Project." The idea is to document Salary Men of Japan. I find them really interesting in the sense that they always appear tired and run down, but get up and keep doing the same routine everyday.


Also, I got sucked into a photo contest. The deadline for popular vote is on May 31st. (EST I think) If you don't mind, please vote for me here. You don't have to sign up or anything else. Just click on the star at the bottom you feel I deserve. Thanks.


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  • Fábio Costello 5y

    Voted. Gorgeous BW, although I feel like the guy in his T-shirt is cheating somehow.

    About style, you do have it. Not seeing it probably helps shaping it up in the best direction possible: The one guided by your invisible soul. That's when art becomes truly beautiful.
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    Fabio Costello: Thanks, that guy works and maybe owns this Yakitori-ya.

    Yeah, I guess you are right. Thanks for the advice man. =)
  • Odirty 5y

  • silvaro PRO 5y

    Black and White Maniacs
    nice shadows and this is a photo that feels like it has a story just by looking
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    Thanks man. =)
  • Chris Yambing PRO 5y

    like what Fábio Costello said, i must agree that you have your own style, i think we all do.

    there are so many great photographers who are well published (in the real world haha) that we look up to, and so many people here in flickr that serve also as inspirations. sometimes, you cant help but try to emulate them. however, i believe that its not exactly the same style per se that we strive to achieve, because if it is, all photographs will look the same right? but they dont.

    i think its more about achieving the same quality of work, and that should come from you before anywhere else. dont limit yourself to certain concepts that might handicap your work. when you are happy with what you do, i think that you will will eventually leave an indelible mark in your photographs that will really be yours. but like everything else, it might take time. but hell, we have all the time in the world right?

    oh, and this salary man project sounds pretty cool. keep it up, dude!
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    chrisdafox: Thanks man. That really backs up how I feel about it. I really want to just get all kinds of different cameras and try different things to see what comes out of it.

    Thanks, I know other people have done something similar to it, but I am trying to document their lifestyle outside the office, but before they return home.
  • two cute dogs 5y

    You need to spend some money and hang out at hostess bars. That's where most of them go.
  • mika PRO 5y

    nice project jason, go to shinbashi as kazuyuki-san suggested you today. and forgot to tell you today, but i've voted for you. good luck! :)
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    Charlie Kirk: HA! That gives me some really good ideas for shots actually, but I have a feeling it would be a bit hard to pull off in there as a camera getting pulled out would be pretty high profile. I've never been in one of those places so I don't know what the situation would be if I would be caught.

    mika-rin: Thanks. I'll give Shimbashi another try. It just seems that everyone around there has radar for when a camera is pointed at them. I have been busted so many times there. :D
  • Joshua... 5y

    Love the contrast....very nice shot.
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    Thanks. =)
  • Keith 5y

    nice capture mate! diggin' the gritty atmosphere of this shot.

    Style is a rather broad term but I totally agree with you here. I go through many phases where my shots share certain aesthetic qualities based on my mentality / feelings / experiences in that phase. With that in mind, I think having side projects that capture these qualities is a bloody brilliant idea. ;)
  • Shadows Oliv PRO 5y

    i vote Bro ^^

    i really understanding your world, try to find identity in your work

    try to make serie with real idea in the shoot be really interesting way for give envy to persons to check your vision beyond of photographers and touch every one to your feeling

    Gambate !!
  • Davide Cassanello PRO 5y

    I really like this new project!
  • Zi PRO 5y

    loving ur documentary style, it's a new way of expressing yourself.
    The picture tells a storey!
    nice work!!!
  • Jason Combs PRO 5y

    Thanks guys. =)
  • MJ Citronella PRO 3y

    I just stumbled across you and this set. I have never heard the term salary men before. Is it a Japanese term or do I just live under a rock? I love the feeling of this photo by the way.
  • Jason Combs PRO 3y

    Sorry for the late response. I've been busy lately, so I haven't been here that much. It's a term Japanese adopted from English. They don't call them business men. Surely there is an origin to the adoption of the term, but I don't know it.
  • Marquisde PRO 1y

    Nice image. you've captured that feeling of tired yet feeling "compelled" to do the same thing after work rather than go home.
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